The Boston Bruins will host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday in a Stanley Cup Finals rematch. This is one of the most highly anticipated games of the NHL season thus far and as a result is drawing increasingly expensive prices for tickets on the secondary market.

Highly Anticipated Matchup This Saturday in Boston

The last time the Canucks visited TD Garden in Boston, Vancouver had just lost to the Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins tied the series 3-3 to force a Game 7 winner-take-all showdown and carried the momentum from Boston all the way to Vancouver, beating the Canucks in Game 7 to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in almost 30 years.

With the 2011-2012 season half over, the Bruins and Canucks both seem poised to make playoff runs yet again. The Canucks have the most points in the NHL while the Bruins sit atop the Northeast division standings. The strong season that both teams are having coupled with the storyline from last year’s series make the Bruins-Canucks game this Saturday an intriguing matchup.

Ticket Prices On The Rise for Marquee Game

Tickets sold through SeatGeek are currently averaging $227.62 per seat. This makes the Bruins-Canucks game one of the the expensive game to attend this season in the United States besides the 2012 Winter Classic and the Bruins home opener against the Flyers.

Prices have also increased substantially over the last two months for tickets to Saturday’s game. The three-day average price for tickets sold on secondary markets between 11/7-11/9 was $148.38 and rose to $314.74 for tickets sold in the three days after Christmas. The current three-day average is $303.14 per seat.

The most expensive Bruins regular season game to attend last year was the January 15th, 2011 matchup between the Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which drew average ticket prices of $144.54. This year, six Bruins home games have drawn average prices higher than this.

Saturday’s game is the only opportunity to see the Bruins play the Canucks barring a meeting in this season’s Stanley Cup Finals. With no love lost between these two teams, Saturday’s matinee game should be one of the most exciting games of the season so far.

Stanley Cup Rematch Kicks off Notable Games for Bruins in 2012

The Bruins-Canucks game this Saturday is just the first of a string of high-profile home games for the Bruins as the NHL season turns to the second half.

The Bs will host their conference rival Montreal Canadiens on January 12th. Tickets sold through SeatGeek for that game are averaging $178.74, even in light of the Canadiens’ struggles so far this season.

Nine days later, the Bruins will welcome the New York Rangers to Boston. The Rangers have the most points in the Eastern Conference and are coming off of a nationally-televised win in the 2012 Winter Classic. Average prices for the Bruins-Rangers game are currently $175.61, 34% higher than prices for last year’s regular season game between the same teams ($130.65).

As the NHL season continues and games become more and more important, look for demand for Bruins home tickets to continue to increase and  ticket prices on the secondary market to rise.

Canucks-Bruins Matchup is Hottest Ticket in Boston

The cheapest tickets on SeatGeek right now are in Section 307 and listing for $184.  The most expensive section for the Stanley Cup Finals rematch is in Section 2 and is currently listed on SeatGeek for $1298.

These prices are more expensive than the cheapest tickets for next weekend’s New England Patriots playoff home game, just a short drive from TD Garden. That’s right, it’s cheaper to get into the Patriots playoff game next weekend than it is to attend this weekend’s Bruins-Canucks game.

All listings for this Saturday’s matchup can be found via the link below:

Saturday Jan 7 1:00 PM Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins Canucks at Bruins TD Garden Boston, MA tickets from $184