Rangers-Capitals Is Priciest Non-Final NHL Game in Five Years

Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers - Game Five
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers gives up a third period goal to Curtis Glencross of the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in New York City, on May 8, 2015. Photographer: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
  • Tickets sold Monday to series finale went for average of $760
  • Rangers and Capitals played 2012 conference semifinal Game 7

The average price paid for a ticket to Wednesday’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals is $666, making it the highest-priced non-finals NHL playoff game in at least five years.

New York topped Washington 4-3 on Sunday, tying the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal after trailing three games to one. The Rangers’ last 13 National Hockey League playoff games have been decided by one goal, including all 11 this season.

The average price paid just yesterday for a ticket to Wednesday’s finale at Madison Square Garden was $760, according to secondary market ticket aggregator SeatGeek.

“Remarkably, Rangers’ fans will pay more for Game 7 alone than Capitals’ fans did for all three games of the series that were played in Washington,” Connor Gregoire, an analyst for New York-based SeatGeek, said in an e-mail.

The combined average price for tickets to Games 3, 4 and 6 at Verizon Center was $466, 30 percent less than the Game 7 average at MSG.

SeatGeek has tracked the NHL resale market since 2011. The previous high for a non-finals game was an average of $593 paid for Game 6 of last year’s Eastern Conference finals between the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens at MSG. New York won 1-0 to reach the Stanley Cup finals where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

The cheapest seat listed on SeatGeek for Wednesday’s matchup is $479, more costly than the $450 average resale price when the same two teams played a conference semifinal Game 7 in 2012. New York won that game 2-1 at home before falling in the conference finals.

Face-value prices range from $88-$1,717.

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