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Sabres playoff tickets some of the "hottest"

About 2,000 tickets for each of the Buffalo Sabres' home games of the first round of 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, April 5, at HSBC Arena and online.

The Sabres secured their postseason spot Saturday.

Prices range from $58 to $173. Tickets will be available at the HSBC Arena box office and at ticket outlets in Tops Friendly Markets. They will also be available online at www.sabres.com and tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-223-6000.

Dates have not yet been determined.

5:35 p.m.:For those looking to buy and/or sell their tickets, StubHub lists tickets for all four of the potential first round home games.

StubHub prices for the Sabres' first home game of the first round range from $90 (Section 322) to $375 (Section 106).

For the second home game at HSBC Arena, prices start at $92.49 (Section 305) and are being sold for as much as $1,000 (Secion 122).

The cheapest tickets for the third and fourth home games are $90 and $104, respectively, with the most expensive tickets going for $1,000.

StubHub spokeswoman Joellen Ferrer said Sabres playoff tickets are currently creating a big buzz on the StubHub site.

"Sabres playoff tickets are one of the hottest selling playoff tickets so far, along with the [Chicago] Blackhawks and [Washington] Capitals," said Ferrer by phone Monday. "Right now we're seeing the most activity in these markets."

On average, said Ferrer, fans are paying $125-$130 for first round Sabres tickets.

Those prices are the cheapest of the three most popular NHL teams on Stubhub, but not because of lack of demand. According to Ferrer, it's actually the opposite.

"There's more of an increase in activity and sellers tend to lower prices to meet demand and attract more buyers."

The remainder of first round playoff tickets were snatched up by season ticket holders. Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert said more than 90 percent of season ticket holders committed to buying playoff tickets earlier this month. 

Jason Pominville has notched seven goals and eight assists in the last 10 games.Meanwhile, the Sabres continue to wind down their regular season with a 7 p.m. game tonight against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

News sports Reporter Mike Harrington writes today about a familiar rite of spring for the Sabres: Jason Pominville is heating up.

-- Denise Jewell Gee and Lauren Nicole Mariacher

Jason Pominville has notched seven goals and eight assists in the last 10 games. Mark Mulville/ Buffalo News

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