The NHL season will pause for two weeks in February to allow its players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. While we prepare for the break in action, we take a look at the top stories unfolding on the secondary ticket market regarding the price of NHL tickets. Does a team’s hot streak have an effect on ticket prices? How about their overall record? Or rise in the ranks over last year? All the aforementioned will help get fans back in the rink and excited for the future.
Sure, the Jets handed the Ducks their first home regulation defeat Tuesday, ending Anaheim’s 10-game winning streak at the Honda Center. But let’s remember, it’s January; we are more than halfway through the season, and only on the 23rd try did a team outscore the Ducks on home ice before OT/SO. At 37-10-5, the Ducks have the most points in the NHL and are leading the Pacific Division. Fan interest is high at the Honda Center; on January 6 remaining home games were averaging 14% more than they had at the start of the season. Since, prices have fallen but Anaheim Ducks tickets are third cheapest in the league. It’s a great deal for Southern California ice hockey fans who want to see an exceptional product on the ice from arguably the league’s most complete team. Plus, you’ll likely see a lot of scoring from the Mighty Ducks who are third in the League, averaging 3.4 goals per game.
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Columbus is the hottest team in the league right now, currently on a franchise best seven game winning streak; this, after starting the season 5-10. As the Blue Jackets slowly climb the rankings, pulling above .500 for the first time this season in mid-January, fans are beginning to take notice. Some of the younger fans are claiming insanity for the youth of the team; players Ryan Johansen, leads the team with 19 goals, and Cam Atkinson with 15, are crowd favorites. A win Tuesday over the LA Kings proved that this group is rebounding from a lackluster start. One of the top off-season acquisitions in the NHL, Nathan Horton, continues to make an impact since being activated from the injured list January 2. Winning streaks are nothing new from this team who won nine of their last ten games in 2013, missing the playoffs by one point. Will the Columbus Blue Jackets return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009? The Jackets have seen the biggest jump in ticket prices for remaining home games since the start of 2014 at 22%. You’ll pay an average $117 for remaining games played at Nationwide Arena; the small-market team still boasts a ticket price under the league average.
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Another hot team? The Leafs. Toronto extended their current winning streak to six games last night with a convincing 5-2 win on the road over Colorado; it’s been eight years since the Maple Leafs have won six in a row. Toronto has turned their season around of late, making up ground on the Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division playoff race. Let’s remember, the Maple Leafs had recently fallen out of a playoff spot and now position themselves well over the second wild card team in the East. With strong goaltending, Phil Kessel’s routine scoring efforts (two goals night against Avs), and the team’s 3.83 average goals in the last six games, the Leafs have shown confidence and an ability to not give up (even after a four-game losing streak two weeks ago). While the Maple Leafs are one of ten NHL teams to see an increase in average price on the secondary market since the start of 2014, the percentage is minimal despite the hot streak. But, Toronto Maple Leafs tickets remain the most expensive in the NHL.
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The Isles have won ten of their last thirteen, and are playing the best hockey they’ve played all season. While the team is a ways out of the playoff picture, New York looks to be getting back on track. The team continues to play well on the road, most recently picking up a big win against rivals, New York Rangers in Tuesday Night’s Stadium Series preview at Madison Square Garden. Isles fans are taking notice of their captain John Tavares, who has scored the most points in the NHL since December 17 and ranks second overall with 62. Ticket prices at Nassau Coliseum are up 10 percent since January 2, but remain among the top 10 cheapest teams in the NHL (7).
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Not long ago, the Blues had a seven-game winning streak of their own. They are a dangerous team who has challenged the best in the league. St. Louis’ +54 goal differential (167 goals for, 113 goals against) leads the league and is a great reason for fans to get out to a game. Last week, the Blues were the NHL’s top team in 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio at 1.60. More than half way through the season, St. Louis ranks second in goals per game and power play percentage. Blues tickets at Scottrade Center for the remaining home games this season, are up 13% since the beginning of the year, 10% since the start of the season. The percentage difference in the last twenty days in the second largest jump in the league, behind the Blue Jackets.
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|NHL Team – Remaining Home Games||Avg. 1-22-14||Avg. 1-2-14||∆||Avg. 10-1-13||∆|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||$117.22||$96.43||21.57%||$81.61||43.63%|
|Detroit Red Wings||$97.74||$107.03||-8.68%||$127.21||-23.16%|
|Los Angeles Kings||$154.47||$155.18||-0.46%||$165.97||-6.93%|
|New Jersey Devils||$95.57||$339.15||-71.82%||$166.27||-42.52%|
|New York Islanders||$82.85||$75.51||9.72%||$216.47||-61.73%|
|New York Rangers||$320.80||$315.55||1.66%||$242.59||32.24%|
|San Jose Sharks||$113.78||$114.64||-0.75%||$169.80||-32.99%|
|St. Louis Blues||$106.52||$93.98||13.35%||$97.25||9.53%|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||$84.42||$146.15||-42.23%||$298.89||-71.76%|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||$379.10||$371.11||2.15%||$440.02||-13.85%|