The San Jose Sharks are just a few wins away from hoisting their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. To win their first title, San Jose will need to defeat a team that has a similar offense-friendly style, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Entering the Stanley Cup Finals, San Jose paced the league with 3.5 goals per game, while Pittsburgh was close behind, averaging 3.22 goals per contest. San Jose boasts the three leading point scorers during the playoffs (Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, and Brent Burns), while Phil Kessel paces Pittsburgh in points scored. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have combined for just ten goals during the playoffs, so San Jose will need to limit their opportunities and goals in order to win the Cup. Game 1 proved to be a fast-paced affair with Pittsburgh notching a late goal to win a close 3-2 affair and secure a 1-0 series lead.
Given the excitement in the San Francisco Bay Area, ticket prices at the SAP Center continue to climb. This year could prove to be a historic year for the Bay Area, so fans hoping to go to games should act soon in order to secure their tickets. Game previews for each of San Jose’s home games are presented below.
6/4/16 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 | SAP Center | Avg. Ticket Price: $1,140.83 | Get-in: $870
Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be played on Saturday, June 4, at the SAP Center. Fans can attribute San Jose’s playoff success to righting its wrongs on its home ice. While San Jose posted a sub-.500 record at home during the regular season, the Sharks have won seven of nine games at the SAP Center. Expect a raucous home crowd to fuel the Sharks in Game 3. In fact, on Razorgator, the average price for Penguins vs. Sharks tickets is $1,140.83, which is the second highest average ticket price at the SAP Center.
6/6/16 Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 | SAP Center | Avg. Ticket Price: $1,021.08 | Get-in: $812
Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be played on Monday, June 6, at the SAP Center. Part of San Jose’s success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been its power play prowess. San Jose is converting 27 percent of its power play chances into goals. San Jose’s penalty kill defense, however, hasn’t been great. San Jose has allowed ten power play goals in 51 short-handed situations. Pittsburgh is converting 23 percent of its power play chances into goals, while surrendering nine power play goals in 55 short-handed situations. Whichever team is able to have more success on power plays will likely win this series. On Razorgator, the average price for Pittsburgh vs. San Jose tickets for Game 4 is $1,021.08. Ticket prices for Game 4 represents the cheapest average ticket prices for games played at SAP Center.
6/12/16 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 | SAP Center | Avg. Ticket Price: $1,132.07 | Get-in: $794
If necessary, Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be played on Sunday, June 12, at the SAP Center. San Jose has played extremely well at home during the playoffs, so this could potentially be its Stanley Cup-clinching game. San Jose is scoring an NHL-best 3.67 goals per home game while allowing just 1.89 goals in front of the home crowd. On the flip side, Pittsburgh is scoring 3.25 goals per road game, so the Penguins have proven that they can score when away from home. Fans traveling to Game 6 can find great deals for SAP Center parking.