Apr 14

Derek StepanThis season the NHL chose to realign their divisional and conference formats as well as alter the playoff formats with the hopes of generating more early round rivalry matchups.

That is what fuels most rivalries afterall, a heated playoff matchup.

Well, in the first year of realignment the NHL got their wish!

Round one will see rivalry matchups between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, a close proximity matchup between Columbus and Pittsburgh that has all the makings of an upset, and some bitter rivals dating back many years in Chicago vs St. Louis and the New York Rangers vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.

Here is the schedule for the Rangers vs Flyers series:
GAME 1 Thursday, April 17 at 7pm ET Flyers at Rangers
GAME 2 Sunday, April 20 at Noon ET Flyers at Rangers
GAME 3 Tuesday, April 22 at 8pm ET Rangers at Flyers
GAME 4 Friday, April 25 at 7pm ET Rangers at Flyers
GAME 5* Sunday, April 27 at Noon ET Flyers at Rangers
GAME 6* Tuesday, April 29 (Time TBD) Rangers at Flyers
GAME 7* Wednesday, April 30 (Time TBD) Flyers at Rangers
*If Necessary

The teams split their season series at 2 wins and 2 losses each.

They are only separated by a short bus or train ride so opposing fans are likely to find their way into each other’s venue, adding to the excitement in the crowd.

The Rangers are still waiting for trade deadline acquisition Martin St. Louis to start scoring goals, but if he gets hot, this could be all the Rangers need to go deep in the playoffs this year. Recently placed on a line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, they appear ready to click just as the team enters the playoffs. With the tic-tac-toe passing of the Zuccarello-Brassard-Pouliot line, the Rangers may have two lines firing on all cylinders and major offensive threats. Their penalty killing is excellent, their goaltending is excellent, all they lack is the timely goal scoring to finish teams off and it just might be warming up at the right time.

The Flyers, seemingly as always, boast a much more physically imposing lineup. Their best chance is to get the Rangers looking over their shoulders for that big hit at all times. Pressure the defense to force turnovers and hit them at every chance. The smaller Rangers forwards will need to be checked early and often to try to wear them down over the course of the series. Flyers captain Claude Giroux has heated up and carried the team on his back down the stretch, if he continues on his torrid scoring pace, the Flyers will only have to worry about defending their own end. That is where the question mark of this series lies. Starting goaltender Steve Mason was injured over the weekend and his status is unclear. While backup goaltender Ray Emery can be solid, he is not likely to hold up over a 7 game series as the only option in goal.

This series will have everything a hockey fan wants – solid defense, gifted offense, stellar goaltending and definitely the physical element that is always there when these two bitter rivals meet up.

Rangers vs Flyers playoff tickets are on sale now at SelectATicket.com.

Apr 7

Fleetwood MacWhat events do you think made the list?

Would it be something in the short term like Wrestlemania, which was last night?

Would it be something coming up pretty soon like the wildly popular Fleetwood Mac tour featuring the return of Christine McVie?

Or would it be something nearly a year away like the 2015 NBA All Star Saturday Night festivities?

Well, would you believe a little bit of everything?

Take a look at the list, we have events this month, in the next few months and almost a year away coming together to comprise the top 5 events of the week!

  1. Fleetwood Mac
  2. Monster Energy AMA Supercross
  3. NBA All Star Saturday Night
  4. Wrestlemania XXX
  5. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400

Check back next week and see what surprises are in store, you just never know what awesome entertainment events the Select-A-Ticket Top 5 List will contain!

Apr 3

Martin BrodeurThere are only 4 home games remaining for the New Jersey Devils in the 2013-2014 season.

The Devils can still reach the playoffs, but there is a chance these will be the final games at the Prudential Center until next season gets underway in October.

Fans are aware these very well could be the final games for Martin Brodeur in a New Jersey Devils sweater.

While Brodeur plans to enter the off-season with an open mind, it is well known he is looking for a goaltending oppotunity where he will get more icetime than he’s getting with the Devils.

The acquisition of Cory Schneider has made Brodeur expendable and his contract expires at the end of this season.

The possibility of signing on to remain with the Devils is always there, but if another team comes to him with a better offer and the chance to get more playing time before he retires, then these may very well be the last games to see the all-time greatest goaltender play for the Devils.

The games are as follows:
Friday April 4 vs Washington Capitals
Monday April 7 vs Calgary Flames
Friday April 11 vs New York Islanders
Sunday April 13 3pm vs Boston Bruins (also Fan Appreciation Day)

Don’t risk missing out on what may be Brodeur’s final games with the Devils, find tickets to NJ Devils games at SelectATicket.com. He is among the best to ever lace up the skates and a legend in Devils franchise history. Celebrate his brilliant career and cheer him on for what may be the last time.

Mar 31

Kentucky Derby2014 marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. The most famous jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby is cherished for it’s steep traditions as for the race itself.

Televised around the world, the spectacle around this event continues to grow year after year.

Attendance for last year’s Kentucky Derby exceeded 150,000 at Churchill Downs.

Not to mention the countless thousands attending racetracks across the country to wager on the day’s races via simulcasting.

The top 25 contenders to be named to the Kentucky Derby are listed here.

  1. Vicar’s In Trouble
  2. Toast of New York
  3. Constitution
  4. Intense Holiday
  5. Wildcat Red
  6. We Miss Artie
  7. Samraat
  8. Hoppertunity
  9. Chitu
  10. Midnight Hawk
  11. Ring Weekend
  12. California Chrome
  13. Tapiture
  14. General A Rod
  15. Albano
  16. Cairo Prince
  17. Uncle Sigh
  18. Vinceremos
  19. Harry’s Holiday
  20. Commanding Curve
  21. Ride on Curlin
  22. Kristo
  23. Coastline
  24. Tamarando
  25. Strong Mandate

There are several others also in contention to be among the 20 horses named to race in the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky – there is no other experience like it in horse racing, excellent seating options are still available at SelectATicket.com.

Mar 31

NBA All StarsThis past week saw the NBA All Star Game for 2015 take the top spot on the top 5 events at SelectATicket.com, take a look at the full list of hot entertainment events:

  1. NBA All Star Game
  2. Kentucky Derby
  3. Wrestlemania XXX
  4. Monster Energy AMA Supercross
  5. Essence Music Festival

The Kentucky Derby is just over one month away and it is clear that fans are starting to pick up interest as the race draws near. There is still time to get tickets for this unique and amazing event.

Speaking of unique, AMA Supercross comes to the Meadowlands for the first time ever in their over 30 years of racing when they turn MetLife Stadium into the biggest dirt bike track NJ has ever seen. Be there on April 26 for all the exciting supercross action.

Also making the list, we have two events in New Orleans and both at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome — Wrestlemania XXX and The 2014 Essence Music Festival. Both of these events are huge, Wrestlemania draws fans from all over the globe and the Essence Music Festival has so many acts that it spans 3 days of the July 4th Weekend and features some huge names like Prince, Mary J Blige and Lionel Richie.

Next Monday will be interesting to see what events make the top 5 this week – any guesses? Leave a comment!

Mar 30

PrinceThe Essence Music Festival is held annual in New Orleans. This year the event will be held July 4, 5 and 6th at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Featured artists already announced include Prince, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott.

On this past Friday it was announced that R&B stars Tank, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle and Tevin Campbell have been added to the growing show.

Fans of R&B need to be at this music festival, there is non-stop entertainment for three days at one of the biggest stadiums in the country and one of the most exciting cities in the world. The love music in New Orleans is matched only by the love of food. The city has something for everyone to enjoy and these concerts are going to be amazing.

Other major acts taking part in the music festival are The Roots, Charlie Wilson and Ledisi.

3-Day Passes and individual night tickets are available at SelectATicket.com for the 2014 Essence Music Festival.

Mar 26

KISSSummer concerts over the past several years have seen a lot of bands join up together to give fans a double dose of rock n roll.

This summer is no different and the outdoor amphitheaters and smaller arenas across the country are really going to be rocking when the KISS and Def Leppard tour comes barreling through!

Just think of the songs you are likely to be treated to in this one very LOUD concert:
Strutter
Rock N Roll All Nite
Detroit Rock City
Calling Dr Love
Rock of Ages
Photograph
Pour Some Sugar on Me
Love Bites
and so many other possibilities.

The tour begins June 23 in Salt Lake City and continues on through August 31 in Spring, Texas.

Along the way the bands will be pounding out shows in cities across the country.

For fans local to Select-A-Ticket’s New Jersey offices there are concerts at Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center and Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City.

If you love rock n roll and you love it loud, this is the tour for you to see this summer. With so many tour dates across the country, there’s a good chance it is coming to a great venue near you. So head over to Select-A-Ticket to find tickets and get ready to enjoy a night of great tunes and great times!

Mar 23

Henrik LundqvistNew York Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist reached two major milestones in the past week.

Earlier this week Lundqvist surpassed former Rangers goaltender Mike Richter as the most winningest goalie in franchise history with his 302nd career win as the team defeated the Ottawa Senators.

Saturday night Lundqvist blanked the rival New Jersey Devils 2-0 to record his 50th career shutout, which puts him one ahead of Rangers legend Eddie Giacomin.

Giacomin played 10 plus seasons with the Rangers while Richter played over 13 seasons between the pipes. Lundqvist is wrapping up his 9th season as the Blueshirts’ goaltender and just signed a contact extension to play another 7 years.

Should Lundqvist fulfill the remaining 7 years on his deal, he could set rather lofty marks for future Rangers goaltenders to strive for.

With these two victories plus a big win this past Friday at Columbus, the Rangers have enhanced their chances of reaching the playoffs this season.

Currently the Rangers sit third in the Metropolitan Division, the top 3 teams in each division plus two wild card teams in each conference make the playoffs. If the season ended today, the Rangers would be seeded 6th in the East and face recent trade partner the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1.

This week the Rangers host the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and then travel out west to face Calgary on Friday then Edmonton on Sunday.

For tickets to all New York Rangers games, visit SelectATicket.com – a New Jersey based ticket broker selling Rangers tickets for 35 years and counting.

Mar 14

Martin BrodeurThe New Jersey Devils find themselves in a battle for their playoff lives within the NHL’s Metropolitan Division as well as the Eastern Conference.

With the NHL’s new structure, the top 3 teams from each division reach the playoffs and the next 2 conference teams with the most points complete the 8 conference teams to reach the playoffs.

Currently the Devils sit 5th in the Metropolitan behind the Penguins, Blue Jackets, Rangers and Flyers. The Atlantic is led by the Bruins, Maple Leafs and Lightning with the Canadiens and Red Wings close behind.

Next week sees the Devils host 3 big games at the Prudential Center that will either help them or hurt them in the playoff race:

  • Tuesday March 18 vs Boston
  • Thursday March 20 vs Minnesota Wild (and former Devils captain Zach Parise)
  • Saturday March 22 vs New York Rangers

Those are 6 big points the Devils could gain should they win all three games and two of the games are against conference opponents (Boston and New York).

Not to be overlooked, the Saturday game against the Rangers quite possibly could be the final time Martin Brodeur faces the Rangers as a member of the New Jersey Devils. That alone should be enough for fans to fill the building and then some!

Find tickets to all NJ Devils games at SelectATicket.com and cheer them on in this extremely tight playoff race.

Mar 6

!brodeurThe annual NHL Trade Deadline came and went on March 5th and the local teams were all active at or near the deadline.

Let’s take a look at what the Devils, Rangers, Islanders and Flyers did at the deadline.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
The Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew McDonald from the New York Islanders while also sending defenseman Andrej Mezaros to the Boston Bruins.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS
The Islanders tried their best to undo a poor trade from earlier in the season which saw them acquire Thomas Vanek at a steep price which included Matt Moulson and a 1st round pick. Vanek made it clear he did not want to sign a contract with the Islanders beyond this season so they opted to trade him before losing him for nothing. Vanek goes to Montreal for a 2nd round pick.

NEW YORK RANGERS
In typical Broadway fashion the Rangers made the biggest splash in the trade pool when they acquired star forward Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay. He’s one of the top scorers in the league but at age 38, he came at the steep price of Ryan Callahan, a 1st round pick and a conditional 2nd round pick. The Rangers gave up quite a bit in this deal and are hoping St Louis is enough to push the team deep into the playoffs if not to a championship this year. The Rangers also added depth defenseman Raphael Diaz from Vancouver as a team can never have too many healthy defensemen come playoff time.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
While it is true they acquired Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina in exchange for Andrei Loktionov, perhaps the biggest news of the day is a trade the Devils did NOT make and that is one involving all-world goaltender Martin Brodeur. Heading towards the end of his time with the Devils, it was thought Brodeur may be moved to a contender as insurance for a long playoff run but apparently there were no offers that satisfied the Devils as fair return.

As a result of the deals made recently, the Flyers, Rangers and Devils all look to make the playoffs this year as the race is super tight right now and the Islanders acquired draft picks to help feed their farm system some more talent.

In what is likely to be Martin Brodeur’s final game as a New Jersey Devil, and possibly in his career, the Devils vs Bruins on April 13 at the Prudential Center is heating up to be one of the hottest tickets in team history. Fans who want to say thank you and goodbye to one of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game and by far the greatest NJ Devil ever may find tickets at SelectATicket.com at all price levels and seating options but demand for this game will outweight supply soon enough.

Feb 28

Soldier Field ready for hockey!The NHL’s Stadium Series comes to a close this weekend with two highly-anticipated matchups: the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday and the Heritage Classic featuring the Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators on Sunday, being held at BC Place in Vancouver, BC.

There will be no shortage of talent in these games as all 4 teams have some guys who can really light the lamp, as they say! Chicago’s got Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and dman Duncan Keith while the Penguins boast Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz. The Canucks of course have the brilliant Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, while Ottawa has a powerful combo in Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan up front and supported by the highest scoring defenseman in the NHL, Erik Karlsson.

Both games promise to be amazing as the NHL has really stumbled onto something special with these outdoor games.

Detractors say they are doing too many outdoor games but when you look at the fan turnout and reaction, then see the smiles on their faces post-game, you know the NHL has something special here. Honestly, the NHL season has 1,230 total games, is it really a big deal if 6 of them happen to be held outside?!? These games sellout, that should tell you all you need to know – the fans can’t get enough outdoor NHL hockey!

So look forward to these games and if you can’t make it, keep in mind you can register now for the 2015 Winter Classic ticket alert. There may or may not be a Stadium Series next season, but there is DEFINITELY a Winter Classic and it will be in Washington, DC. You can find out ahead of everyone else when ticket orders can be placed, sign up today! Registration is free and your information will not be shared with any third parties.

Feb 26

Junior wins the DaytonaDespite an extended weather delay, the Daytona 500 was held Sunday and saw Dale Earnhardt Jr emerge victorious in the #88 car. Fans who stuck it out were rewarded with a thrilling race in the new-format NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

During the delay, FOX televised last year’s race to fill airtime and unwitting fans and even media outlets went to social media to report on the race as if it were the 2014 race! A bit amusing for those who paid attention to the newsticker at the bottom of their television screens that they were watching a replay of the previous year’s race.

The weather was so bad that fans had to evacuate the grandstand due to tornado warnings in the area but once the weather cleared, it was time to go racin’!

The Daytona 500 is an American staple and is more than just your average race. For many it marks the beginning of the NASCAR season of course but also the promise that Spring and fair weather are not very far away and a full season of summer races is coming up soon enough.

NASCAR fans all have the Daytona 500 on their “Bucket List” – if you want to finally attend the race, or go back again if you can’t get enough of the event, please visit SelectATicket.com and register for a free email alert when 2015 Daytona 500 tickets become available to order.

Feb 20

University of Phoenix StadiumFresh off the excitement of Super Bowl XLVIII comes word that tickets to Super Bowl XLIX are available now at SelectATicket.com.

Early bird catches the worm as they say and with the Super Bowl heading back to warm weather climate (doesn’t get much better than going to Arizona in February!), the current odds-on favorites are not very far away and the promise of yet another outstanding halftime performance – there are many reasons to believe prices will only escalate from their current point.

As it stands today, the Top 4 favorites to win Super Bowl XLIX are Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and New England.

Seattle, San Francisco and Denver are all relatively short flights to Glendale, AZ when compared to the cost and location of Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey. That means the fans of those teams, should they reach the Big Game, will have more money to allocate towards tickets vs travel.

The weather is not going to act as a deterrent. Many fans were concerned about the possibility of delayed or canceled flights if they were to come to Super Bowl XLVIII, and with good reason – the day after the Super Bowl the area was hit with a snow storm that stranded many travelers who were returning home.

That will not be a concern in Arizona where the average high temperature in February is 70 degrees!

The University of Phoenix Stadium will host the Super Bowl and will provide most fans with a much welcomed break from the weather in their hometowns, that much can almost be guaranteed given the weather across the country at that time of year.

Now is the ideal time to lock in on tickets and take advantage of these early pricing benefits. Be there on Sunday, February 1, 2015 for Super Bowl XLIX and experience one of the greatest sporting events on the planet!

Feb 17

NBA All StarsThe 2014 NBA All Star Game was held in New Orleans yesterday with the East making a successful come from behind charge to win the game 163-155. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 31 points and took home the MVP award.

The East trailed by as many as 18 points but were able to put together a strong effort to pull out the thrilling victory. Three pointers, slam dunks, blind passes – this game had it all, as does every all star game when you get players of this skill together.

Next year’s All Star festivities will be so big, it is going to require two venues to host it! Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden will share the duties for the 2015 NBA All Star Weekend.

Friday and Saturday night events include the Rising Stars Challenge and the Skills Competition, these events will be held at the Barclays Center.

On Sunday the players head to Madison Square Garden for the 2015 NBA All Star Game.

New York is a hotbed for basketball and this is going to be the biggest All Star Weekend yet.

With two teams worth of local fanbases, plus Philadelphia and Boston both just a few hours away tickets are going to be in high demand for all events.

Fans hoping to get a jump on the tickets can sign up right now for a free email alert when 2015 NBA All Star Weekend tickets become available. Head on over to SelectATicket.com and register today, it only takes a moment and could be the difference between becoming part of this unique experience or being on the outside looking in!

Feb 5

Morgan ShepherdIn an attempt to become the oldest driver ever in the Daytona 500, 72 year old Morgan Shepherd hopes to qualify later this month for the February 23rd race.

Shepherd is already the oldest driver to compete in a NASCAR race. Last summer he raced at New Hampshire at the age of 71.

Mr. Shepherd has been in the Daytona 500 15 times over his career and finished as high as 2nd place back in the 1992 race.

The first Daytona 500 ever was held back in 1959. Since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

Matt Kenseth has won two of the past 5 Daytona 500 races. The past five winners are:

  • 2013 – Jimmie Johnson
  • 2012 – Matt Kenseth
  • 2011 – Trevor Bayne
  • 2010 – Jamie McMurray
  • 2009 – Matt Kenseth

Among the top favorites will be Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Tony Stewart but due to the Daytona being one of the restrictor plate races on the circuit, the race is really anyone’s to win. Even 72 year old Morgan Shepherd may have a shot!

That just adds to the already high level of excitement at Daytona. Every race fan has their favorite driver and to be there among over 200,000 fans, each of them believing – rightfully so – that their driver has a shot to win PLUS it being the first race of the year after a long winter and in the beautiful Florida sun — the Daytona 500 is a major sporting event everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

Tickets to the 2014 Daytona 500 and all NASCAR races are available at SelectATicket.com.

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