2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

2014 Season

6/9/14 - The New York Rangers are down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, with the competition headed into Madison Square Garden. Though favored at this point, the Los Angeles Kings have yet to dominate the series, with both of the first two games spilling into overtime. While Los Angeles boats a hard-hitting and relentless squad, this speedy New York team is sure to put up a stellar fight for the home crowd. Buy your Stanley Cup Final tickets for tonight’s match and see if the Rangers can slash the King’s lead in half!
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6/2/14 - In the world of sports, nothing quite compares to the action you get with NHL Playoffs tickets, and with the Stanley Cup hanging in the balance, these Conference winners are going to leave it all out on the ice every single game. The Los Angeles Kings dethroned defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, in seven guts-or-glory Western Conference Finals games. The team showed their impeccable balance as Justin "Mr.Game7" Williams, defensive gem Drew Doughty, That 70s Line and Alec Martinez (OT goal) took the LA Kings to their second Stanley Cup Finals in three years. No other team in NHL history has won three Game 7s away from home in one season, while the New York Rangers are the last team to win in Round 3 OT to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals back in 1994. The 2014 Eastern Conference Champions have been waiting 20 years to get another shot at the Cup, and eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in six games to do so. Henrik "The Unbeatable" Ludqvist is master of postseason, with five shutouts to his name. Not to mention, the trifecta of Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal should give a skiddish Jonathan Quick some trouble. New York is out with something to prove: neither Lundqvist nor coach Alain Vingeault has won a Stanley Cup and the team as a whole has battled grief and adversity to make an appearance in the Finals. While everyone was touting the Blackhawks-Kings matchup, the Rangers finished just four points behind the Kings in the regular season (100 to 94), so this series should be a knock-down-drag-out stunner. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final gets going this Wednesday (6/4) in Los Angeles. Buy your Stanley Cup Finals tickets today and witness this historic East-Coast West Coast battle in person!

5/27/14 - Both Stanley Cup Playoff series are at decisive 3-1 records, hinging on critical games over the next two nights. The Chicago Blackhawks have come to terms with how tough the prospect of winning back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships is—especially when facing a roadblock like the Los Angeles Kings. The LA squad has lost three games in a row twice this spring (San Jose, Anaheim); perhaps the Blackhawks can induce another Stanley Cup Playoff slip during Chicago's first elimination game of playoffs. In the East, the New York Rangers executed a pivotal lead over the Canadiens during Sunday's Game 4 victory. Martin St. Louis shot an overtime goal to take the team three games over Montreal, and Henrik Lundqvist has allowed just 8 goals in four games. Will both the Kings and Rangers take down their opponents in five games—or are we in store for two more epic Game 7s? Score NHL Stanley Cup Playoff tickets to find out! Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals (Rangers at Canadiens) plays out tonight at Bell Centre; tickets are $85 to start. Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals (Kings at Blackhawks) gets underway Wednesday at United Center; tickets are $94 to start.

5/20/14 - We are now in the thick of Conference Final play in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs! The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens kicked the third round off for the East on Saturday, while the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks did battle on Sunday to jumpstart the West. The Eastern Conference Final was set when Montreal and New York both survived their Game 7 thrillers against storied franchises. The Eastern underdogs surmounted the odds and defeated the favorite teams, Boston and Pittsburgh, to advance. NHL Eastern Conference Finals tickets average at $553-577 for Games 3 (5/22) & 4 (5/25) at Madison Square Garden. In the West, Los Angeles did what they do best—perform well under pressure—and sent the Ducks home in a dominating Game 7 exhibition. The Blackhawks struggled against the Wild perhaps more so than anticipated, but still sent them reeling in six games. Now, the two square off in the Western Conference Finals with hopes of advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. NHL Western Conference Finals tickets are cheaper than the other side of the league, at $373 for Game 2 (5/21) and $454 for Game 3 (5/24). As it stands, the defending Stanley Cup Champions lead in their series with Los Angeles, while the Rangers have the upper hand in their competition with Montreal, two games to none. Get your NHL Playoff tickets today and see history in the making!

5/6/14 - We kicked off Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with some spectacular play by the league's most beloved stars and teams. The Blackhawks are looking like their unrelenting postseason selves, as Minnesota trails 0-2, to start the series. The Wild has the opportunity to turn the tide with Games 3 & 4 taking place in St. Paul, starting tonight (get-in for $93, 5/6). The Los Angeles Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 0-3 deficit and advance to the second round. Their fiery play has extended into their first playoff series against SoCal rivals, the Ducks, with two exciting wins on the road. But, not so fast—LA's blue line has taken a beating, with two defenders injured and out of the lineup; Anaheim is likely to expose this weakness in Game 3 (get-in for $125, 5/8). Over in the East, the most historic and bitter rivalry in the NHL is heating up: the Bruins rallied from two goals down to defeat the Canadiens and even-up the series after two games. Boston will travel to Montreal with hopes of gaining the lead in tonight's tie-breaking Game 3 (get-in for $217, 5/6). The New York Rangers may have taken back their Round 1 series with Philadelphia, but they are facing a roadblock in the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sid "The Kid" Crosby snapped his 13-game playoff goal drought and Marc-Andre Fleury exacted his second shutout of New York in yesterday's stunner. The Pens have edged out the Rangers 2-1 in the series, with a pivotal Game 4 just around the corner in New York (get-in for $135, 5/7). Does your team never-say-die? Score NHL playoffs tickets and see if they mean it in person!

4/29/14 - The first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs is winding down, and the Round 2 bracket is starting to fill in. Many teams have advanced, including the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens (only team to sweep its first round series), Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Two tough Western Conference teams, the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings, played their hearts out during Monday's critical matches and NHL fans can now enjoy two Game 7s in Round 1. Over in the East, the Philadelphia Flyers are still alive and hope to tie their series with the New York Rangers tonight on home ice. If the Flyers force a Game 7, they will join the Kings/Sharks and Wild/Avalanche showdowns taking place on April 30. Get-in prices for the remaining Round 1 games are as follows: $95 for Kings at Sharks (Game 7, 4/30), $53 for Wild at Avalanche (Game 7, 4/30) and $76 for Rangers at Flyers (Game 6, 4/29). See if these home-advantage teams can salvage their postseason runs with NHL Playoff tickets today!

4/22/14 - The Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a thrilling start, with the first few games of Round 1 in the books. Teams that have taken a 2-1 lead in their respective series include: Colorado, St. Louis, Anaheim and Pittsburgh. Cup contenders that have shutout their opponents thus far are Montreal (0-3 over Tampa Bay) and San Jose (2-0 over Los Angeles). Tonight poses a tiebreaker for two Eastern matchups: Boston vs. Detroit and New York vs. Philadelphia are 1-1 on the series. Highlights through the first couple games are: Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, who scored seven points across two games in his first playoff appearance and Matt Calvert, who scored in double-overtime to give Columbus their first-ever postseason victory. Last week's scariest moment came when Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas suffered a broken right leg on the ice; another lowlight occurred when Brent Seabrook (suspended for 3 games) sent David Backes into the boards with a headshot. Get your NHL Playoffs tickets to see more electrifying action in the fastest and hardest hitting postseason of professional sports!

4/15/14 - As of Sunday, the NHL's regular season officially closed and matchups for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs were set. The new bracket format has divisional matchups taking place in the first two rounds, with wild cards (Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Dallas) being able to cross over regardless of division, and no reseeding of the 16 teams after each round. Over in the East: the underdog Red Wings are pitted against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins, the Tampa Bay Lightning (sans injured goaltender Ben Bishop) will take on the Montreal Canadiens, the Pittsburgh Penguins hope Kris Letang will bring back his offensive prowess to take down the Blue Jackets, and the Flyers will square off against bitter division rivals, the New York Rangers. On the Westside, the Ducks will take on the Dallas Stars who traded defenseman Stephane Robidas to Anaheim last year, the Colorado Avalanche (the west's Cinderella team) are up against the high-pressure Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks are pitted against former Cup favorites (turned possible first round exit) St. Louis, and the Los Angeles Kings will take on the San Jose Sharks in what is the most highly anticipated series of the first round. Get your Stanley Cup Playoffs tickets and experience the most intense action all year!

4/8/14 - We're in the final fight for a playoff spot, so you'd think the NHL playoff picture would offer up a bit more clarity! As of today, the Boston Bruins have clinched the Eastern Conference, while the Penguins have taken the Metropolitan Division. Conversely, over in the West, division titles and the conference title are still up for grabs. Wild card contenders are Detroit and Columbus, with New Jersey, Toronto and Washington on the prowl in the East. Dallas and Minnesota lead in the West's Wild Card race, however, Phoenix and Nashville are close behind. If the playoffs started today, we'd see some great rivalries square off: (No. 2) Avalanche vs. (No. 3) Blackhawks, (No. 2) Sharks vs. (No. 3) Kings, (No. 3) Flyers vs. (No.2) Rangers, and Penguins vs. (WC) Red Wings. Here are some must-watch games this week: wild card berths are at stake with the Coyotes taking on the Blue Jackets tonight; Wednesday, the Sharks and Ducks face off to determine first place in the Pacific Division; Sunday, the Stars and Coyotes fight in what could be a winner-take-all scenario, with the victor stealing the final wild card spot in the West. With so much taking place in the final days of regular season, we can't even imagine the awesome action that will go down during the NHL Playoffs this year!

3/31/14 - The Western Conference race for the playoffs may not be as nail biting as the East, but you can bet tonight's match will be. The Minnesota Wild are taking on the Los Angeles Kings, and if the Wild come away victorious, they'll effectively extend the gap between themselves and Phoenix. The Ducks have the opportunity to stretch their division lead over San Jose and hone in on the conference lead held by St. Louis in tonight's game against Winnipeg. Over in the East, a couple teams missed some crucial opportunities, with Philadelphia and Washington failing to grasp precious points, while the Penguins clinched their eighth straight playoff berth. Tonight in New Jersey, the Devils are looking to stay alive against Florida, in a game that could essentially dash their playoff hopes in one blow. Teams are in do-or-die mode right now, which means NHL tickets are starting to go fast, lock yours in before the start of 2014's Stanley Cup Playoffs!

3/25/14 - Now is not the time to panic! That is, unless you're a Maple Leafs fan. Toronto lost their postseason padding when they dropped 5 straight, and are now fighting for the final wildcard spot in the East. Other teams know that solid Januaries or Februaries mean little in the postseason rush come March. Here are the teams keeping their cool: the Sharks clinched a playoff berth this Monday on the back of the second longest active postseason in the NHL, the Blues were the first to clinch in the West, and the Blackhawks will secure their own spot if they defeat the Stars tonight. Over in the East, Boston is the only team to have clinched a playoff berth, while the Rangers and Penguins are close. There are about 10 games left to go—get your NHL tickets now and see which teams will win postseason bids!

3/17/14 - Much like the NBA, the East is considerably weaker when held up to the West in the NHL, and it shows in the final month leading up to playoffs. Current club standing in the East leaves the Penguins and Bruins as the only two teams certain of their playoff contention—everyone else is a mini-slump away from losing it all. While no one is safe in the East, the most likely to stay relevant are the Canadiens and Lighting. The West is a bit more cut-and-dry: the Blues (best record in the league and best in the West), Ducks, Sharks, Blackhawks, Avalanche and Kings are essentially guaranteed their playoff spots. On the Western bubble we have the Wild, Stars and Coyotes competing for a postseason run.

With the NHL Playoffs just around the corner, now is the time to take note of the new format in the 2014 chase for the Stanley Cup. Following realignment (instead of 15 in each conference, there are 16 in the East and 14 in the West), the top three teams in each of the four divisions get playoff berths. The final four wildcard spots (two per conference) go to the teams with the most points outside of the top three —giving you a total of 16 contenders.

Wondering if those trade deadline moves pay off? Thomas Vanek to the Canadiens (scored a hat-trick to spoil Patrick Roy's return to Montreal), Marian Gaborik to the Kings and Ryan Miller to the Blues have certainly bolstered their club's standings. Get ready for a wild run in the playoffs, as teams are finally over their post-Olympic slump and gaining back the hard-hitting, bone-crushing momentum we always see in the NHL playoffs!

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