The 2014 NHL playoffs are here and it looks like the hunt for the Stanley Cup is going to be as difficult as ever. Sixteens teams from across the country have battled hard, but now the real season starts and the NHL intensity gets ratcheted up a notch or six. The New York Rangers are looking to finish the job they started last year, but once again the Boston Bruins stand in their way. The east also has to account for the Lightning, Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers, as any team can bring it to a new level when they need to. In the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are ready to play, but the best team during the regular season was the Anaheim Ducks. Who know who will win the 2014 Stanley Cup, but one thing is for sure, it's going to be a wild ride!
With 30 teams vying to be the best in the league there is plenty of action waiting on the ice when you get tickets for a hockey game. If you are looking for fast-paced excitement you are going to have a hard time finding anything as thrilling as a game of professional hockey. You can be there to watch the biggest stars in person. See all the big stars, bigger hits and downright sick shots in person with your own set of tickets. Right now the hottest teams in the NHL include the two who competed in last year's Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks and the Bruins. The "Original Six" teams (Bruins, Black Hawks, Red Wings, Canadiens, Rangers and Maple Leafs) have always been hot sellers, as they constitute some of the country's most diehard hockey towns. Regardless of what team you pull for, Ticket Liquidator features a large selection of tickets to choose from.
Eastern Conference: In the East the Boston Bruins ended up loosing in the Stanley Cup and followed that up with the trade of Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson. The Bruins continue to be one of the best teams in the East. Boston is crazy for sports so they are always going to buy tickets. Another team that needs not worry about the demand for hockey game tickets is the New York Rangers, who ended up losing to the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers brought in a new coach in Alain Vigneault (from the Canucks) and their fans are really excited for the game. The other team whose fans are really excited are the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the team is playing great. After making it to the playoffs last season, the Leafs are looking to finish the job and tickets for hockey games are huge in the T-Dot.
Western Conference: Out west the defending-champion Chicago Blackhawks are among the division's best and look like they have a great shot at a consecutive title. The Colorado Avalanche have their fans excited as they are looking very competitive. Another very passionate fan base that is very excited about the season is the Minnesota Wild, who are playing solid hockey. Fans of the Wild are about as passionate as they come, and tickets have been selling especially well this season. And in Canada they love hockey more than anything, and the Vancouver Canucks fanbase is hoping this team can make another run at the Stanley Cup. The Western Conference is heating up, and if you can get to a game you are going to see some tough competition.
The NHL All Star Game of course bring together the best players in the game for an exhibition game that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference. With the best players in the league, the All-Star Game is one of the biggest attractions on the hockey calendar. One thing to keep in mind is that the All Star Game doesn't take place in years when the Winter Olympics are held. So that means in 2014 the All Star Game was skipped. In 2015, the All Star Game takes place in Columbus, home of the Blue Jackets. The Columbus All Star Game was originally supposed to take place in 2013, but the NHL lockout postponed it. And because of the Winter Olympics in Moscow, the game won't be played until 2015. But don't worry, we'll have tickets for that once the final date is announced!
The NHL's regular season starts in early October and runs through mid April. For the start of the 2013 season, the NHL underwent some restructuring, with six divisions being replaced by two in each conference. The Eastern Conference is comprised of the Atlantic and Metropolitan Division, while the Central and Pacific Divisions make up the Western Conference. Due to the realignment, the East actually has two more teams than the west. The regular season is comprised of 1,230 hockey games all together. After an 82-game slate, the "real" NHL season stars with the Stanley Cup playoffs.
At the end of the regular season, each division sends the three teams with the best record to the playoffs, along with two wild card for each conference. That makes a total of sixteen teams playing for a chance to bring home Lord Stanley's Cup. Once the playoffs start, the team with the best record plays the team with the worst record, the second best record the second-worst and so on. Once the first round of the playoffs are over, the second round again matches the remaining teams so that the team with the best record again plays the team with the worst. After that its on to the Eastern and Western Conference Championships, when the action, talent and competition really pick up. And once the dust settles on the Conference Championship, then its of course on to the Stanley Cup.
Perhaps the most intense seven-game series in sports, the Stanley Cup Finals really stand alone in terms of how much it demands of the team. Every possession is do or die and the difference between winning and loosing can be razor-thing. The crowd at a Stanley Cup finals is as intense as you fill find, and seeing your team win it all is something that you will remember forever. The team that wins the seven-game series has the honor of hoisting "Lord Stanley Cup." the oldest trophy in American sports and an incredible honor for the player. Should your team make it to the NHL's championship game, you do not want to miss seeing the game in person.
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