A ticket to tonight’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden might be relatively inexpensive, thanks to a quick turnaround and fans expecting their team to advance.
Philadelphia forward Wayne Simmonds scored three goals in the Flyers’ 5-2 home win last night over the Rangers to force the decisive game in New York.
The average resale price is $356, down 8.75 percent from a day ago, while the least expensive ticket is down 14 percent to $178, according to secondary-market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.
The fact that Games 6 and 7 are being played on consecutive nights, and fans’ interest in saving money for the next series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, have helped shrink the market for tonight’s game, according to Chris Matcovich, vice president of data for New York-based TiqIQ. There are more than 3,500 tickets still available, while less than 2,000 were available this close to previous games, he said.
“If you are looking to buy for tonight I would wait and monitor the market closely,” Matcovich said in an e-mail. “There might be some really good deals for fans who are willing to wait till the last minute.”
Neither the Rangers nor Flyers have won two consecutive games in the National Hockey League first-round playoff series.
A second-period power-play goal by Simmonds, his third, led to a lengthy delay last night as a cleanup crew worked to clear dozens of hats from the Wells Fargo Center ice. Steve Mason stopped 34 of 36 shots for the Flyers, while the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after the second period, having allowed four goals on 23 shots.
The Rangers will have somewhere around 2-3 odds to win the series and advance to at least the conference semifinals for the third straight year, according to Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the Las Vegas Hotel’s SuperBook, which had yet to set its betting line early this morning. Bettors would need to risk $150 to win $100 with a Rangers’ win, while those wagering on the Flyers to advance would win $140 on a $100 bet, Sherman said in an e-mail.
There are two other Game 7s in the NHL playoffs tonight. The average ticket price for the Minnesota Wild at the Colorado Avalanche is $204, and the average price for the Los Angeles Kings at the San Jose Sharks is $188, according to TiqIQ.