The passion of many fans is usually drawn by the chase for the Stanley cup. After the regular season of a grueling six months, the sixteen teams spend their time each April so as to gear up specifically for the Stanley cup playoffs or also known as second season. In several towns which are crazed by hockey fans such as Toronto, Pittsburgh and Montreal, you may find that having tickets for the playoffs games may be a bit difficult to get than in other cities where hockey is not adored or rather ingrained in the peoples culture for example Dallas and Nashville. There are four ways that will play a key role for you to make it.
Purchase your tickets via the box office, though you will have to determine the availability of those tickets to the general public. The season ticket holders are usually given the first priority in buying playoff tickets. The tickets that remain will then be sold to the public through the box office. You may find that this is number is very limited in some of the cities. For example in Pittsburgh penguins, during the 2010 playoffs, 14000 seats were reserved for season ticket holders. As a result, 3000 seats per game were left for visiting teams, group sales and the general public. The nearly 1500 tickets that were availed to fans via the box office were sold out within minutes.
On the other hand, you may find some teams struggling even to fill their arenas. A team such as the Nashville predators, during the playoff against the former champion Chicago in the year 2010, at game time, they still had the unused tickets. There were also empty seats in big series in Raleigh, Calif and Anaheim.
You will be needed to check with the online ticket brokers such as HotSeats, TicketsNow or StubHub for secondary sales of the playoff tickets. This was referred to as scalping in the old days. Always expect to pay a premium while with the scalpers. During the 2010 playoffs, the tickets to penguin game during the first round were selling for double the tickets face value. During the Stanley cup finals, tickets were listed five times more of the face value in Chicago by the StubHub.
Classified sites for instance Craigslist.com should be checked. You will find that ticket holders are selling their playoff seats, but still charge a premium. Craigslist do not provide any guarantee in regard to the validity of the tickets sold unlike other sites such Stubhub.
Call in your business contacts. You always find some of the large companies buying season tickets or even the luxury suites for teams in the NHL. The seats are usually used in entertaining important business client. If you are being wooed by the business, then the NHL playoffs may turn out to be a good time for you to negotiate.