2015 NHL Conference Finals Ticket Prices

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The road to Lord Stanley’s Cup is almost complete. Just four teams remain in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Finals are set to kickoff on Saturday afternoon. The New York Rangers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Anaheim Ducks will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the West. As the puck is set to drop first in New York, that’s also where the highest ticket prices are on the secondary market.

(Over 30% of Pure Hockey staff picked NYR to win it all in the company’s NHL playoff bracket challenge – coincidence?)

According to TiqIQ, the average price for Rangers playoff tickets on the secondary market is $1,233.02 across their four potential home games. The first game will be the least expensive, though, with an average price of $481.96. The prices go up at Madison Square Garden for each home game. Lightning playoff tickets in Tampa Bay will be less than half the price, on average. Over three potential games at Amalie Arena, the average secondary market price is $458.12, bringing the overall series average to $892.09.

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What to Expect When You Come Out of Hockey Retirement

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Time to come out of retirement – relive the glory days and join a league.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been away from the hockey rink for an extended period of time and miss playing the greatest game on earth. Tack on a winter like we’ve just experienced here in Massachusetts, and you were probably snowed in for far too long which prompted your wife telling you to go find a hobby (aka, get the heck out of my face).

For me, I was three years removed from the game; prior to this mini-retirement was an extended layout that last over a decade. I moved into a new home in 2013, sold off most of my equipment after playing my ‘final’ game the year before — keeping just my skates, gloves and stick.

Well, you guessed it, I was told by the boss at home to find a hobby right before starting my new gig at Pure Hockey, so the logical thing of course was to buy some new gear and get back on the ice. Now with two games under my belt, here are some friendly forewarnings and advice of what to expect during and after Game 1.

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Pure Hockey 2014-15 NHL Stanley Cup Predictions

It’s about that time of year again. Time for unquestionably the best 7-8 weeks in all of sports — the NHL Playoffs. So that means it’s time for the experts and analysts to break down each match-up round by round, and diehard and fair-weather fans alike to cast their votes, fill out their respective brackets and predict this year’s Stanley Cup winner.

Here at Pure Hockey, we accepted the NHL Bracket Challenge and the votes are in. Of the 98 total entries, 32 team members —  32.65% — picked the New York Rangers as the 2014-15 NHL Stanley Cup champs.

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Hockey Stick Curves and Deflated Footballs

Hockey Stick Curves and Deflated Footballs

Both NFL and NHL referees deal with equipment that “pushes the line”.

Hockey Stick Curves and Football PSI

People with internet and TV everywhere just got a three-week lesson on the regulations regarding the inflation of footballs for NFL games. We are Pure Hockey, not Pure Football so this will be real short, but football inflation is apparently restricted to an area of 1 PSI (between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI) that is acceptable for use. Because of recent news, NFL quarterbacks past and present have expressed their feelings about how much they personally prefer their footballs inflated. With all the talk circulating around in the media, we made the connection between a quarterback’s preference in football pressure and a hockey player’s preference in stick curve. Whether you label it “cheating,” “gamesmanship” or just “bending the rules, there are people doing it with their equipment in almost every sport. Illegal baseball bats and pine-tarred balls, illegal hockey stick curves, under or over-inflated footballs, and even something like Jimmie Johnson failing a post-qualifying car inspection for NASCAR are all examples of people trying to modify their equipment to get an edge. CONTINUE READING ARTICLE