With an average ticket price of $100.85, the Panthers-Devils winner-take-all showdown Thursday is a steal for a Game 7 in the NHL playoffs.
The game will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSF. The Devils' 3-2 overtime victory Tuesday in New Jersey set up Thursday's finale of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
The Panthers, trying to win their first playoff series since they defeated Pittsburgh in seven games in the 1996 conference finals, have won two of three games so far at BankAtlantic Center.
Two other Eastern Conference quarterfinals have also been pushed to the limit. According to SeatGeek.com, the average price on the resale market for Thursday’s Senators-Rangers Game 7 in New York is $353.78, while tickets to Wednesday night’s Capitals-Bruins Game 7 in Boston are averaging $263.85.
Those prices make the games in New York and Boston the most expensive and second most expensive tickets, respectively, of the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs.
By comparison, the Panthers-Devils finale ranks as the 30th most expensive ticket of the opening round of the playoffs, said Will Flaherty, of SeatGeek, a ticket search engine.
Nonetheless, it is by far the most coveted for the Panthers all year. The average price exceeds the next closest Panthers game -- regular or postseason -- from this season by more than $20. Game 5 of the Devils-Panthers series and the Panthers’ Dec. 31 game against Montreal each had an average price of $80.
Some Game 7 tickets were still available Wednesday at Panthers.com, but a sellout was expected. Game 5 was the first sellout of the series at BankAtlantic Center.
On the secondary market, there are upper level tickets available for $40 in Section 432, and in the lower level for $95 (Section 125, Row 21). To sit by the glass at center ice will cost at least $250. Check SeatGeek for current availability.
The Panthers game will also be on NBC Sports Network, joined in progress following the Rangers-Senators game, and on radio by WQAM (560-AM).
The average prices for tickets throughout the Panthers-Devils Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, below, are courtesy of SeatGeek.