NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you thought New York Rangers hockey tickets were expensive before, wait until the Conference Finals resume at Madison Square Garden tonight.
The NHL Playoffs host four teams that have fought all season long for the chance to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. Though the third round is still young, the Rangers and Blackhawks would see the two highest home average ticket prices on the secondary market if they were to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Rangers hold a 2-0 series lead over Montreal while the Blackhawks and Kings are tied at one. There is still plenty of hockey to play before the Conference Finals are complete but that hasn't stopped tickets for prospective Stanley Cup Finals games to start creeping onto the secondary market.
The New York Rangers have not been in a Stanley Cup final since 1994, so it's no surprise the team currently leads in average home ticket price during the final round. According to TiqIQ, the average ticket price for Stanley Cup Finals tickets at Madison Square Garden is currently listed at $2,176.87, which would be the highest average TiqIQ has ever tracked, edging Vancouver's $2,055.84 average in 2011. New York's 20-year drought has had fans thirsty for Finals action and the average ticket price at Madison Square Garden this year certainly shows it.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to enter the Stanley Cup Finals for the second consecutive year. The average ticket price for Stanley Cup finals Blackhawks tickets is currently $1,666.16, 10.2% below the Rangers. Chicago's championship season last year saw a nearly identical Finals home price of $1,674.41 at the United Center. The series will head to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Game 3.