Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs hoping to travel south to catch their team in action are being forced to buy tickets off of the secondary market by their opponents, who banned any non-U.S. purchases for tickets to their second round games as the NHL playoffs continued this week. The Panthers, who shocked top seeded Boston with an OT win in Game 7 of the first round, say that they are just hoping to give their fans the best chance to buy tickets from the box office with the ban.

“We are giving our local fans first access to tickets to the series for the first 24 hours of the single game ticket on sale,” Florida Panthers Communications VP Adelyn Biedenbach told Canada’s National Post when news of the ban first surfaced. “Anyone can purchase tickets on the secondary markets today.”

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Naturally Maple Leafs fans weren’t pleased about the band, nor likely were fans of Florida who might live outside of the United States. But resale marketplaces likely have no such issues about selling tickets to whomever wishes to buy them.

Tickets for Toronto home games are seeing by far the highest prices on the secondary market, according to Ticket Club, which provided data for NHL second round playoffs tickets sold since the matchups were set. Tuesday’s Game 1 saw an average sold price of $689.56, with Game 2 seeing an average sold price of $586 as of Wednesday afternoon. The highest price for a game outside of Canada currently is for Game 5 of the Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils series which makes up the other half of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

For Wednesday’s series opening games, the best deal can be had for fans in Raleigh, as the Hurricanes-Devils opener has a “get-in” price of just $87 including fees on Ticket Club. The “get-in” price for the series opener in Las Vegas between the Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers is $53, while the minimum price point for Thursday’s second game of the series in Toronto is $213. That’s only slightly more expensive than the $205 minimum for Sunday’s Game 3 of that same series, which is the first at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise.

Despite the controversy, Florida took the early lead in its series against the storied Maple Leafs with a victory on Tuesday, as did the Seattle Kraken, who are taking on the Dallas Stars. Carolina-New Jersey and Vegas-Edmonton are underway beginning Wednesday night. Full playoffs schedules and ticket links are available below:

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NHL Playoffs Schedule

Eastern Conference

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 1:Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2
Thursday, May 4: Florida at Toronto, 7, TNT
Sunday, May 7: Toronto at Florida, 6:30, TBS
Wednesday, May 10: Toronto at Florida, 7, ESPN
*Friday, May 12: Florida at Toronto, TBD, TNT
*Sunday, May 14: Toronto at Florida, TBD
*Tuesday, May 16: Florida at Toronto, TBD, TNT

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils
Wednesday, May 3: New Jersey at Carolina, 7, ESPN
Friday, May 5: New Jersey at Carolina, TBD
Sunday, May 7: Carolina at New Jersey, 3:30, TBS
Tuesday, May 9: Carolina at New Jersey, 7, ESPN
*Thursday, May 11: New Jersey at Carolina, TBD, TNT
*Saturday, May 13:Carolina at New Jersey, TBD, ESPN
*Monday, May 15: New Jersey at Carolina, TBD, ESPN

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Dallas Stars vs. Seattle Kraken

Game 1: Kraken 5, Stars 4 (OT)
Thursday, May 4: Seattle at Dallas, 9:30, TNT
Sunday, May 7: Dallas at Seattle, 9:30, TBS
Tuesday, May 9: Dallas at Seattle, 9:30, ESPN
*Thursday, May 11: Seattle at Dallas, TBD, TNT
*Saturday, May 13: Dallas at Seattle, TBD, ESPN
*Monday, May 15: Seattle at Dallas, TBD, ESPN

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers
Wednesday, May 3: Edmonton at Vegas, 9:30, ESPN
Saturday, May 6: Edmonton at Vegas, 7, TNT
Monday, May 8: Vegas at Edmonton, 8:30, ESPN
Wednesday, May 10: Vegas at Edmonton, 10, ESPN
*Friday, May 12: Edmonton at Vegas, TBD, TNT
*Sunday, May 14: Vegas at Edmonton, TBD
*Tuesday, May 16: Edmonton at Vegas, TBD, TNT