With the home opener upon us, we wanted to take a look at some of the more expensive, high profile games on the upcoming schedule. Devils home games are, on average, only $122, compared with $300+ price tags seen at many NHL arenas. Still, $122 is an increase for the Devils. Last year, New Jersey Devils tickets at the Prudential Center were only $96. This year’s games are 26 percent more expensive than last year’s.
Here are the Devils’ top-5 most expensive home games this season:
- March 22 vs Rangers | Avg Price: $184 | Get-in Price: $60
- January 3 vs Blackhawks | Avg Price: $178 | Get-in Price: $38
- April 11 vs Islanders | Avg Price: $156 | Get-in Price: $34
- April 13 vs Bruins | Avg Price: $154 | Get-in Price: $40
- December 31 vs Penguins | Avg Price: $152 | Get-in Price: $40
Also, if you’re wondering, tonight’s game carries an average price of $110, with a get-in price of $44.
The Jersey Boys will look starkly different this year. The team added gritty winger Ryane Clowe this off season, in addition to famed scorer Jaromir Jagr, sniper Michael Ryder, shot-machine Damien Brunner, and secured their net-minding future by acquiring Cory Schneider from Vancouver in a draft-day shocker. Whether or not Jagr has anything left in the tank is one of the many issues the Devils will need to address if they hope to make a return to the Stanley Cup Finals. He looked slick through the first 40 for the Bruins and Stars last year, but when the playoffs came around, Jagr began to show his age, losing countless puck battles and striding sluggishly. If the Devils can get a full season’s worth of effort out of him, it’d be a surprise to many in the hockey community. Ryder, on the other hand, can still score. He’s non-existent at times, but the past two seasons were borderline all-star efforts for Ryder. With Ilya Kovalchuk back in Russia, the Devils will rely heavily on Clowe, Jagr and Ryder, in addition to Travis Zajac and Damien Brunner, to score. The question is whether that’s enough.
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