I personally would rather spend my time going to free prospect scrimmages and/or cheap rookie tournaments (eg Ottawa, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Chicago do one, i'm sure the jets participate in one as well).
If i wanted to see the NHL talent, i'd rather pay double or triple to see the real thing than go to a split-squad half real-team half prospects and scrubs game with very low intensity.
While its cool to see your young prospects in action (WIN and MIN both have great prospect pool), the atmosphere at preseason games are almost unbearable. The first home preseason game might have a bit of buzz due to the 4 month layoff, but any of the other games are god awful to watch live. I assume you are going down on a weekend so try to make it for an early October saturday night game which are the bomb. Saturday games have a buzz that make Monday or Tuesday games seem like a library (at least at scotiabank place lol)
Since I follow the OHL almost as closely as the NHL, the one thing I like about pre-season games is seeing the debut in an NHL uniform of some of the guys I've followed in the 'O' for many years. Otherwise, I'd agree with most of the other comments that the atmosphere usually isn't so great and the you're rolling the dice when it comes to seeing an exciting game. If you can get discount tickets then I'd go for it. If you don't care about prospects and just want to see the big stars, then best to give it as miss.
I always have fun at them, but I wouldn't drive too far to get to one. I go see the Penguins whenever they come to play the Wings in a pre-season; it's a 30-minute drive. Usually pay $20-30 for a pair of tickets online.
Rather than buying a ticket, I would suggest going to the host team's board and asking if a STH would be kind enough to give you one. A lot of them go unused, even in sold-out arenas.
Do NOT pay face value, anyway. They're not worth it. Wait till the last minute, buy one marked down 50%, and then just sit in whatever empty seat you like.
If you have to choose between pre and regular season, one or the other, DEFINITELY go with the regular season game.
I forgot at first that this wasn't posted in the Jets forum and almost posted something entirely wrong.
Anyways I think I paid $250+ per ticket to go to the first Jets preseason game last year and that was direct from the team (not a scalper). In that case it was easily worth it. I'm not sure I'd pay full price for preseason anymore though since I saw plenty of regular season games. For someone who so far hasn't been able to get tickets or who doesn't live in an NHL city and will be in one for a preseason game, I'd say it's worth it - it might not be the real thing but it's good hockey and if you follow the team closely it gives you a sneak peak at their prospects.
It's pretty fun. I went to a Bruins pre-season game in Washington in 2010. There were not many people there, but the B's lost and didn't have their stars playing. They lost, and on the way out someone saw my Krejci shirt and yelled something about winning the game and I said "let's see who wins the Cup!". I hope I haunt him forever.
It's always pissed me off how the Rangers charge me regular season face value for the preseason games. Paying 100 bucks a pair for 4 preseason games is the biggest waste of money, and I'm thrilled if I get rid of them for half face.
temporary fix....come september, any live hockey gets the blood flowing again, plus you get first looks at your teams new additions (if playing), but preseason is like watching your team play a pick up game and are only allowed to use like 3 starting players
I dont think i've ever seen a preseason game on tv, much less than go to one live but i've seen some boxscores and there appears to be TONS of fights in the preseasons. Has anyone had the experience of seeing lots of chippy play?
Maybe the first preseason game between the Coyotes and Kings will be worth going to?