The first round of the 2011 NHL playoffs have been underway for over a week now and the level of intensity and play has been just as high as we had hoped for. As we pointed out last year, the demand for NHL Stanley Cup Finals tickets has exceeded that of NBA Finals tickets in the past. This year there have been a few playoff match ups that have been more evenly matched than others. There has only been one sweep so far in the first round (Detroit vs. Phoenix), but other than that every series is still alive. The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks have stayed alive by winning two straight elimination games against the Vancouver Canucks in convincing fashion to make the series only 3-2 in favor of Vancouver. The New York Rangers and Los Angeles kings have blown three and four goal leads to lose key games against the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks, respectively. With action like this, NHL playoff tickets have been coveted by hockey fans all over. Our data at Seatgeek shows that so far three of the series have been dominating in terms of average nhl playoff ticket prices.
Top 10 Most Demanded NHL Playoff Games by Average Ticket Price (as of 4/22/2011)
So far every game in the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks series has ranked in the top ten for average ticket price. This is a little surprising considering it features an eight seed versus a one seed. Fans must be excited to see those Swedish twins (Daniel and Henrik Sedin) or the young guns of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Also ranking high is the series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. This isn't too surprising as the original six teams usually carry a very loyal fan base. The Bruins are hoping to move on behind their veteran goaltender Tim Thomas and hard hitting Zdeno Chara. However, the Canadiens are keeping it close with the efforts of their goalie Carey Price.
The third series ranking in the top ten is that of the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. Ever since Alexander Ovechkin has joined the Caps, the franchise has become one of the most popular. Once again, this is an eight seed versus a one seed. Hockey is proving that these series' aren't just a victory lap for the one seed.
All in all, there has been a lot of exciting games in this years road to the 2011 Stanley Cup. Even if games are sold out, you can always get 2011 NHL Playoffs tickets to see your favorite teams at SeatGeek.com. We're hoping the action continues and keep checking in for more data about top match ups throughout this playoff season.
The matchups are all set for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs and you can purchase NHL tickets on SeatGeek by following the links below.
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updated 5/12/2011 at 1:00 PM ET