The 2013 NHL playoffs are here and despite a lockout and shortened season, hockey fans across 16 cities will soon be out in full force to support their team as they push to take home the Stanley Cup.

For veterans, the next few weeks be a time to relive old rivalries and fevered stat checks for hockey pool junkies. For the inexperienced, NHL playoffs are always a good litmus test of a city's spirit and to see just how expensive it is to hop on a band wagon.

See, the game of hockey may be the same whether you're in St. Louis, Montreal or Minnesota but the same can't be said when it comes to NHL playoff ticket prices. As James C. Smith, operations manager for Showtimetickets.com, told Global News, the varrying differences in tickets costs comes down to supply and demand.

In cities like Toronto, which hasn't seen a playoff game in the last nine years, there just are not enough tickets for every fan.

HuffPost Canada Travel figured it would be a good idea to see what the travelling hockey fan could expect to shell out if they were planning to watch a live game in another city. After some research, number crunching and many searches on Stub Hub, a ticket exchange site, we've posted out findings in the slideshow below.

It's important to keep in mind that Stub Hub is a market and that sellers can charge more than a ticket's face value so to keep things grounded we've tried to keep ticket prices to the same class of seats and ignored the more outrageous selling prices. The prices are always in flux, but here's a sample of what traveller's can expect going forward.

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  • Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings At The Honda Center, Anahiem, California

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/anaheim-ducks-playoff-tickets/anaheim-ducks-anaheim-honda-center-30-4-2013-4261455/" target="_blank">US$20.95 </a> for Terrace Goal Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/anaheim-ducks-playoff-tickets/anaheim-ducks-anaheim-honda-center-30-4-2013-4261455/" target="_blank">US$756.00 </a> for Rinkside Center Level

  • Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs At The TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/boston-bruins-playoff-tickets/boston-bruins-boston-td-garden-1-5-2013-4261801/" target="_blank">US$65.00 </a> for Balcony End Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/boston-bruins-playoff-tickets/boston-bruins-boston-td-garden-1-5-2013-4261801/" target="_blank">US$800.00 </a> for Lodge Glass Level

  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild At The United Centre, Chicago, Illinois

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/chicago-blackhawks-playoff-tickets/chicago-blackhawks-chicago-united-center-30-4-2013-4255458/" target="_blank">US$78.00 </a> for Upper Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/chicago-blackhawks-playoff-tickets/chicago-blackhawks-chicago-united-center-30-4-2013-4255458/" target="_blank">US$1,500 </a> for Platinum Level

  • Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks At The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/detroit-red-wings-playoff-tickets/detroit-red-wings-detroit-joe-louis-arena-4-5-2013-4261572/" target="_blank">US$46.69 </a> for Upper Level Goal Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/detroit-red-wings-playoff-tickets/detroit-red-wings-detroit-joe-louis-arena-4-5-2013-4261572/" target="_blank">US$10,000 </a>for Lower Level Goal

  • Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues At The STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

    Most Expensive Tickets: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/los-angeles-kings-playoff-tickets/los-angeles-kings-los-angeles-staples-center-4-5-2013-4263108/" target="_blank">US$849.99 </a> for Ice Seats Least Expensive Tickets: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/los-angeles-kings-playoff-tickets/los-angeles-kings-los-angeles-staples-center-4-5-2013-4263108/" target="_blank">US$66.95</a> for Upper Level

  • Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks At The Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Least Expensive Seats:<a href="http://www.stubhub.com/minnesota-wild-playoff-tickets/minnesota-wild-saint-paul-xcel-energy-center-5-5-2013-4261552/" target="_blank"> US$72.99 </a> for Upper Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/minnesota-wild-playoff-tickets/minnesota-wild-saint-paul-xcel-energy-center-5-5-2013-4261552/" target="_blank">US$499.00 </a> for Side Glass Level

  • Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators At The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

    Least Expensive Seats:<a href="http://www.stubhub.com/montreal-canadiens-playoff-tickets/montreal-canadiens-montreal-bell-centre-2-5-2013-4261733/" target="_blank"> $109.00</a> for Blue Centre Level Most Expensive Seats:<a href="http://www.stubhub.com/montreal-canadiens-playoff-tickets/montreal-canadiens-montreal-bell-centre-2-5-2013-4261733/" target="_blank"> $4000.00 </a> for Platinum Level

  • New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins At The Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

    Least Expensive Seats:<a href="http://www.stubhub.com/new-york-islanders-playoff-tickets/new-york-islanders-uniondale-nassau-coliseum-5-5-2013-4265519/" target="_blank"> US$95.00 </a> for End Mezzanine Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/new-york-islanders-playoff-tickets/new-york-islanders-uniondale-nassau-coliseum-5-5-2013-4265519/" target="_blank">US$10,000 </a> for Lower VIP Corner 113 X Level

  • New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals At Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/new-york-rangers-playoff-tickets/new-york-rangers-new-york-madison-square-garden-6-5-2013-4260785/" target="_blank">US$143.00 </a> for 400 Level Goal Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/new-york-rangers-playoff-tickets/new-york-rangers-new-york-madison-square-garden-6-5-2013-4260785/" target="_blank">US$2,500 </a> for VIP Rinkside West Level

  • Ottawa Sentators vs. Montreal Canadiens At The Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/ottawa-senators-playoff-tickets/ottawa-senators-kanata-scotiabank-place-5-5-2013-4261811/" target="_blank">$127.20 </a> for Coca Cola Family Zone Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/ottawa-senators-playoff-tickets/ottawa-senators-kanata-scotiabank-place-5-5-2013-4261811/" target="_blank">$2149.00</a> for Lower Level Club Glass

  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders At The CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/pittsburgh-penguins-playoff-tickets/pittsburgh-penguins-pittsburgh-consol-energy-center-1-5-2013-4260354/" target="_blank">US$105.00 </a> for Upper End Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/pittsburgh-penguins-playoff-tickets/pittsburgh-penguins-pittsburgh-consol-energy-center-1-5-2013-4260354/" target="_blank">US$999.00</a> for Club Seating Level

  • San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks At The HP Pavillion, San Jose, California

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/san-jose-sharks-playoff-tickets/san-jose-sharks-san-jose-hp-pavilion-5-5-2013-4260271/" target="_blank">US$74.00</a> for Upper Reserved Goal Level Most Expensive Seats:<a href="http://www.stubhub.com/san-jose-sharks-playoff-tickets/san-jose-sharks-san-jose-hp-pavilion-5-5-2013-4260271/" target="_blank"> US$899.99</a> for VIP Club Glass Center Level

  • St Louis Blues Vs. Los Angeles Kings At The Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri

    Lest Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/st-louis-blues-playoff-tickets/st-louis-blues-saint-louis-scottrade-center-30-4-2013-4263041/" target="_blank">US$17.95 </a> for Mezzanine End Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/st-louis-blues-playoff-tickets/st-louis-blues-saint-louis-scottrade-center-30-4-2013-4263041/" target="_blank">US$454.00</a> for Premium Glass A Level

  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins At The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/toronto-maple-leafs-playoff-tickets/toronto-maple-leafs-toronto-air-canada-centre-6-5-2013-4261826/" target="_blank">$249.00 </a> for Balcony Goal Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/toronto-maple-leafs-playoff-tickets/toronto-maple-leafs-toronto-air-canada-centre-6-5-2013-4261826/" target="_blank">$88,000 </a> for Lower Center Level

  • Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks At The Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/vancouver-canucks-playoff-tickets/vancouver-canucks-vancouver-rogers-arena-3-5-2013-4261602/" target="_blank">$89.00 </a> for Upper Bowl Goal Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/vancouver-canucks-playoff-tickets/vancouver-canucks-vancouver-rogers-arena-3-5-2013-4261602/" target="_blank">$800.00 </a> for Club Level

  • Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers At The Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    Least Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/washington-capitals-playoff-tickets/washington-capitals-washington-verizon-center-washington-dc-2-5-2013-4267042/" target="_blank">US$78.95 </a>for Mezzanine End Level Most Expensive Seats: <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/washington-capitals-playoff-tickets/washington-capitals-washington-verizon-center-washington-dc-2-5-2013-4267042/" target="_blank">US$350.00 </a> for VIP Row B Level

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