Get ready for another hard-hitting season on the ice with NHL tickets from TicketSmarter. The National Hockey League was founded in 1917 and is the top level of professional ice hockey in the United States and Canada. The players and teams that compete in the NHL are considered to be amongst the best in the world. Every season the teams compete for the Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy in North American sports history. The league is made up of 31 teams spread across the United States and Canada, with a 32nd team out of Seattle scheduled to join the league in the 2021-2022 season.
The league started out as a four-team Canadian league but added its first US-based team in 1924 with the Boston Bruins. The early years of the league featured several teams coming and going, but a core group of six teams played in the league from 1942 until the league was ready to expand in 1967. These “Original Six” teams were made up of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. The Original Six are considered the foundation for the league as fans know it today and each has a tradition of fielding winning teams over the years. Secure your NHL tickets at TicketSmarter to see who will be the next team to hoist the Stanley Cup!
NHL fans are amongst the most passionate sports fans in the US and Canada. The level of play and intense action has led to the NHL to successfully expand to cities and states where hockey was originally an afterthought in the sports world. NHL ticket prices tend to fluctuate throughout the season. Some of the factors that will impact the change in ticket prices from game-to-game include the teams competing, each team’s ranking in the conference and divisional standings, the arena location, the number of games left in the season and seating location. Preseason games will be cheaper to attend than regular-season games while attending the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be more expensive than the regular season.
Ticket prices for NHL games will change based on each team’s level of success and how big their fan base is. The average price of NHL tickets is generally around $90 to $130. The most expensive games to attend in the league are those hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators. The cheapest average ticket prices in the league belong to the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers. All prices in the league can make a jump up or down based on the type of season that each team is having.
The NHL schedule begins in September with the NHL preseason. The preseason will see each team play six to eight exhibition games in order for coaches and management to adjust roster spots and arrange the most effective line orders on the ice. The NHL regular season will begin in October and will feature an 82-game schedule that runs through April. Teams are divided into conferences and then the conferences are divided into divisions. The Eastern Conference is split up into the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions, while the Western Conference is split into the Central and Pacific divisions.
Once the regular season is completed, the top three teams from each division as well as two wild cards from each conference will enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The eight teams from each conference are seeded based on their point totals from the regular season and will play a best-of-seven series to advance in the tournament. First-round play will begin in the second week of April with two to three days between each game to allow for rest, travel and practice time. The second round will begin in the last week of April and the NHL Conference Finals will take place in May. TicketSmarter will have Stanley Cup Playoffs tickets available for home and away games in each round.
Once the two conference champions are crowned, those teams will go on to play in the Stanley Cup Finals, which begins in the last week of May and through mid-June should the full seven games be needed to declare a champion. Additional highlights of the NHL schedule is a group of outdoor games played in NFL, MLB, CFL or NCAA football stadiums. The NHL Heritage Classic is played in a CFL stadium amongst Canadian NHL teams on an infrequent basis. The NHL Winter Classic is played on New Year’s Day and the NHL Stadium Series is a single game that is generally held in February or early March. NHL tickets are available for all NHL games held during the preseason, regular season and playoff games.
The full NHL schedule will be released a week or two after the Stanley Cup Finals in June. TicketSmarter will have NHL tickets available within a day or two of the game dates and start times being confirmed. Fans will start to see a larger variety of ticket listings on TicketSmarter as the season draws closer. Playoff tickets will become available once the teams have clinched a berth with a home-ice advantage.
NHL teams play in arenas that can hold a total seating capacity between 14,000 and 21,300. A portion of the teams share their arenas with a local NBA franchise, which keeps the arena very busy during the season for both teams. NHL seating charts will usually have multiple levels of seating allowing fans the option to sit up close to the ice or two to get a higher view of the entire ice rink. The most expensive seats will be in the first few rows behind the glass, while upper-level seats will be a cheaper ticket. Fans may also choose to sit at the end of the rink where the home team will shoot at the goal twice throughout the game.
Find NHL Hockey tickets in a city near you with our event calendar shown above. NHL tickets are right at your fingertips when you shop with TicketSmarter, all it takes is a few clicks to get tickets on your phone or in your hand. If you are looking for VIP seating, TicketSmarter has a phenomenal selection of club seats at every arena with VIP amenities that often include private entrances, upscale food and beverages, private restrooms, in-seat service and padded seats. If you enjoy sitting center ice, TicketSmarter has the NHL tickets you want. Those looking to simply get in the building with a cheap ticket will be delighted to find that we offer a low price guarantee and usually have upper-level arena seating to accommodate all fans. Regardless of the NHL team you follow, we have made it very easy to find the best seats and the best date or dates for you for every NHL arena worldwide.
With 31 teams, and a quickly approaching Seattle franchise coming in 2021, it's tough to keep up with all the NHL matches in your own city, much less the United States. TicketSmarter is here to help with our easy to use event calendar. Located near the top of this page and on each individual team page, this useful tool makes it easy to see the entire NHL schedule at a glance. After that, it's easy to purchase and download tickets so you can skip past the box office and get right into the action.
If you want to save money you can wait until the last minute to buy cheap NHL Hockey tickets. While this can save you money, it can also come at risk because the match could be sold out. As an event approaches, ticket prices typically reduce in price. If you want to wait to buy cheap NHL tickets, research shows the best pricing is between three to 14 days before the event.
If you decide to wait to buy last minute discount NHL Hockey tickets, it is not a guarantee that the prices will reduce. If this is a must-see event for you, it would be best to buy your NHL tickets as soon as you find something you like. In most cases, the events that are in high demand sell out fast. If you are looking to attend the NHL Winter Classic, NHL Stanley Cup Finals or Playoffs or NHL All-Star Weekend, NHL All-Star Game and NHL All-Star Saturday, we recommend buying your tickets immediately.
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