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Playoff Hockey Returns Two-Fold to NYC for First Time Since 2007

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NYC is buzzing with both the Rangers and Islanders in the NHL Playoffs.

Playoff Hockey Returns Two-Fold to NYC for First Time Since 2007

This is a guest post by Dan Groob, TiqIQ.

It’s been five long seasons since the New York Islanders have had a winning record and found themselves in the playoffs. This year, playoff hockey has returned two-fold to the Big Apple for the first time since 2006-2007, as John Tavares and crew were able to compile a 24-17-7 record, good for 3rd place in the Atlantic Division—right behind the New York Rangers.

While the Rangers are typically one of the biggest home draws of any NHL team based in the United States, the Islanders are running neck and neck with the boys in blue as far as playoff ticket pricing. Islanders tickets at Nassau Coliseum check in at an average price of $343 dollars, and prop up the Islanders/Penguins overall series price of $343.

Game six of the series in Long Island is the most expensive ticket, carrying an average price of $448 dollars. Interestingly enough however, game six also currently possesses the least expensive get-in price of the series, with tickets available for as little as $75 dollars. Although the Nassau Coliseum average ticket price in this series carries a 24% premium to those in Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center, game four actually has the least expensive average ticket price of any game in the series, checking in at $252 dollars.

With Sidney Crosby out for at least game one, John Tavares becomes the most exciting and arguably best player on the ice to start the series. If the Islanders are going to pull off the upset, he will need to play better than he did against the Penguins in the regular season. In five games against Pittsburgh, Tavares struggled to the tune of one goal, one assist, and -5. Tavares also won just 37.4% of face-offs against Pittsburgh, by far his worst mark against any opponent this season.

Islanders vs Penguins
- Game 1: $283/$86
- Game 2: $253/$76
- Game 3: $355/$93
- Game 4: $252/$82
- Game 5: $301/$147
- Game 6: $448/$75
- Game 7: $283/$163

Series Avg: $343
- AT Islanders $352
- AT Penguins $283

Back at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers will take on the Washington Capitals in the playoffs for the third consecutive season, and fourth time in five years. After losing to Washington in the first round in 2009 and 2011, the Rangers were finally able to right the ship against Alexander Ovechkin and crew in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season.

This year’s series carries an average ticket price of $291 dollars, heavily supported by the price of New York Rangers tickets at The Garden, which currently sit at an average price of $369. At the Verizon Center in Washington DC, Capitals tickets for this series check in at just $223 dollars, a 40% discount to the tickets at MSG.

Aside from game seven, the other three games in Washington DC are all priced below the lowest priced game at MSG, which is game three at an average ticket price of $284 dollars. Despite the fact that game seven carries an average ticket price of $365 dollars, second highest of any game in the series, get-in tickets are available for as little as $70 bucks. The least expensive ticket available for any game at MSG currently checks in at $128 dollars for game three.

Rangers vs Capitals
- Game 1: $155/$61
- Game 2: $180/$70
- Game 3: $284/$128
- Game 4: $293/$130
- Game 5: $231/$77
- Game 6: $459/$137
- Game 7: $365/$70

Series Avg-$291
- AT Rangers-$369
- AT Caps-$223

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