Rangers Tickets Priciest in NHL Playoffs

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It took just 3:33 of overtime for Nikita Kucherov to put a shot past Henrik Lundqvist and give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 series lead over the New York Rangers. The Eastern Conference Final will now move to Game 4 at Amalie Arena on Friday night.

Yet, even as the Lightning have taken advantage in the series, the Rangers still reign supreme on the secondary market for tickets. 

According to TiqIQ, the average price of Lightning playoff tickets for Game 4 is currently $320.09. While that's 2.7% above the average for Game 3, it comes nowhere near the price of Game 5 back in New York. Before puck drop for Game 4, the current average price for Game 5 at Madison Square Garden is $622.88, 94.5% more expensive than Game 4. There's not as big of a difference in the get-in price, but it will still cost over $100 more to get into MSG on Sunday than Amalie Arena on Friday night. The least expensive ticket for Game 4 is currently $133, while the cheapest ticket for the following game is $235.

The current average price for a potential Game 6 in Tampa Bay is $406.02 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $122. Should the series need a deciding seventh game, records could be broken on the secondary market. New York's Game 7 in the semifinals against the Washington Capitals was the most expensive non-Stanley Cup Final ticket TiqIQ has tracked on the secondary market since 2010 with an average of $1,441.64. Rangers playoff tickets on TiqIQ for a potential Game 7 against the Lightning currently have an average price of $1,870.66, which would displace the previous round's deciding game as the most expensive non-Final game. The difference in price between Game 6 and 7 would also make it cheaper for fans in New York to fly to Tampa for Game 6.

Tampa Bay can continue to control the series to make sure those final games do not need to be played, but if the Rangers can turn their fortunes around, Rangers fans will have to pay some steep prices to see the Blueshirts play at the Garden.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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