(TiqIQ/CBS) – Two close but disappointing losses later, the Dallas Stars head home to salvage what’s left of their first round series against the Anaheim Ducks tonight. The eighth seeded Stars have shown promise, creeping back against the first place Ducks in both games but falling short each time. The Stars will play their next two games at home and will rely on the Dallas faithful to keep them in any sort of contention.
As the Stars head back to Dallas, they bring with them both a chip on their shoulder and increased ticket prices at home. The regular season average of a Stars home game was $95.41 this season, and the Stars’ entry into the NHL playoffs has made prices climb for first round home games against the Ducks. At a playoff premium of 50.7%, one of the lowest in the league, average first round Dallas Stars tickets at home will go for $143.78.
Dallas fans looking to cheer their team on will be able to find significant price drops on ticket prices on the secondary market. The cheapest face value ticket can be found for $39.61, with the cheapest secondary price going for as little as $20, marking the lowest secondary value offered by any playoff team and a 49.51% drop on price on the secondary market. Fans willing to test the market will not be disappointed with their results and may find plenty of bargains for tickets to the American Airlines Center.
After dropping the first two games in Anaheim, the Stars schedule has the team penned for games 3, 4, and 6 (if necessary) at home. The two teams met just once in Dallas during the regular season, with the Stars taking the late November game 6-3. The Ducks took the season series 2-1 from the Stars, however, beating them in Anaheim 6-3 on October 20 and shutting them out 2-0 February 1.
The Stars fans will pack the house tonight and decorate the American Airlines Center in a sea of victory green. In turn, they will rely on the skates of Tyler Seguin and Kari Lehtonen to lead them to what the color represents. Without two vital wins at home, Dallas will risk an early round exit on Friday when they return to Anaheim.
Fans hoping to get in on the playoff action in Dallas can expect a lower-than-average playoff premium to see the Stars take on the Ducks and may be pleasantly surprised in finding the cheapest secondary ticket prices offered by any playoff-bound team. Watch live as the Stars try to regain their composure and make a series out of the Ducks yet this week at home.
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