(TiqIQ/CBS) – After defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a combined score of 10-3 in Games 1 and 2 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, the New York Rangers return home to Madison Square Garden for Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After losing three games in a row to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, the Rangers have now won five-straight games and are just two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994. After two impressive wins and a 2-0 series lead heading back to New York, New York Rangers playoff tickets have seen an increase in price on the secondary market, according to TiqIQ.
The series average at Madison Square Garden is currently $707.94, which is the most expensive ticket out of all the remaining teams in the NHL playoffs. Since the Rangers win in Game 2, ticket prices are up 7.13% for home games at the Garden. Overall, ticket prices have gone up 9% since the series began. There has not been this much buzz around the Rangers in New York City in a very long time and the ticket prices reflect the enthusiasm. The secondary market get-in price for home games at Madison Square Garden have also gone up since the end of Game 2, from $284, up 20.77% to $343.
There is also a 55.87% premium above the $454.19 average price for home Rangers tickets in the second round against Pittsburgh. This is the biggest second-to third-round premium out of all the teams playing in the Conference Finals. Ticket prices are always a little higher in New York and being that the Rangers are back in the conference finals there is little surprise to see that the premiums are up compared to the averages.
With a 2-0 lead, the Rangers have become the favorite to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in the Eastern Conference shortly after Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault claimed the Rangers were the underdog entering the series. With the commanding 2-0 lead, Rangers Stanley Cup Finals tickets have started to pop up on the secondary market and at the current prices would be the most expensive since Vancouver in 2011. The Rangers still have to finish the series with Montreal before they can start thinking about the next round.
Before their victory on Monday night, the Rangers had lost a record 13 straight games when they were ahead in a playoff series. The good news, though, is a team has not won an Eastern Conference Finals after dropping the first two games at home since 1945. Both upcoming games at the Garden are sure to be much closer than the first two at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Rangers and Canadiens will meet next in Game 3 in New York at 8PM on Thursday night.
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