Thursday, October 8, 2015

Blues Ticket Prices Among NHL's Most Affordable

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge It's Blues time in St. Louis. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR/DAVE HERHOLZ
  • Photo courtesy of Flickr/Dave Herholz
  • It's Blues time in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Blues open their season tonight at home with a 7 p.m. game against the Edmonton Oilers. And there's no reason you shouldn't be there to cheer them on.

According to a study by the ticket marketplace Vivid Seats, Blues tickets are quite affordable compared to the rest of the country.

As of Oct. 7, the median ticket price for Blues home games is $96, eighth cheapest in the NHL and lowest among Central Division teams. Compare that to the $234 median of the Chicago Blackhawks or the $192 median of the Winnipeg Jets, and you’ll see why hockey fans have it good in St. Louis.

Will St. Louis hockey fans be getting a winner? The Blues are coming off a season in which they won the Central Division with 109 points — tied for third in the NHL — only to lose to the Minnesota Wild 4-2 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Could this year have a happier ending? Blues GM Doug Armstrong opted to bring back head coach Ken Hitchcock on a controversial one-year deal. Armstrong also re-signed or extended a trio of Blues veterans: right winger Vladimir Tarasenko, on an eight-year, $60 million deal; center Jori Lehtera, on a three-year, $14.1 million extension; and Jake Allen on a modest two-year, $4.7 million deal.

The Blues will be contenders for the Central Division title once again, and some of the smaller moves they made this off-season — especially the under-the-radar signing of backup center Kyle Brodziak — could keep them in the playoffs longer than they have been in a while. Depth is essential for deep Stanley Cup runs.

But the team also lost two long-time Blues, defenseman Barret Jackman, who signed with the Nashville Predators in free agency, and RW T.J. Oshie, who was traded to the Washington Capitals for RW Troy Brouwer, AHL goalie Phoenix Copley and a third-round pick in 2016.

As of press time, tickets to tonight's season opener were still available through Ticketmaster, starting at $79 after fees. Come out and support your Blues!

Here's Vivid Seats' listing of NHL Team Rankings by Median Ticket Price (Home Games Only):

1. Chicago Blackhawks — $234
2. Montreal Canadiens — $219
3. New York Rangers — $215
4. Winnipeg Jets — $192
5. Toronto Maple Leafs — $184
6. Boston Bruins — $165
7. Edmonton Oilers — $163
8. Vancouver Canucks — $153
9. Nashville Predators — $152
10. Colorado Avalanche — $151
11. New Jersey Devils — $145
12. Minnesota Wild — $135
13. Pittsburgh Penguins — $127
14. Washington Capitals — $124
15. Calgary Flames — $123
16. Los Angeles Kings — $121
17. New York Islanders — $118
18. Tampa Bay Lightning — $109
19. Ottawa Senators — $105
20. Columbus Blue Jackets — $104
21. Dallas Stars — $99
22. Buffalo Sabres — $97
23. St. Louis Blues — $96
24. Philadelphia Flyers — $90
25. San Jose Sharks — $86
26. Florida Panthers — $81
27. Detroit Red Wings — $80
28. Anaheim Ducks — $80
29. Arizona Coyotes — $62
30. Carolina Hurricanes — $56

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