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LAPD warns Kings fans of counterfeit tickets for Stanley Cup series

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With tickets for tonight's opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals going for an average of nearly $1,200, the Los Angeles Police Department has a warning for Kings fans heading to the Staples Center on Wednesday night:

If you're going to spend that much, make sure you buy the real thing.

The LAPD released pictures of "high quality" counterfeit tickets this morning, which bear both the Kings and NHL logos. The message to fans? Make sure you purchase seats from a legitimate ticket vendor if you plan on seeing Jonathan Quick and company take on the New York Rangers in Game 1.

The tickets in the images released by the LAPD don't mention the Kings' opponent or the time of the game, simply reading "Round 4, Home Game 1." Police issued similar warnings before Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tickets for Wednesday's game are selling for an average of $1,160.61, according to TiqIQ.com, with the cheapest seats costing $528. Prices will only go up if the series goes to a deciding Game 7, for which tickets are now selling for about $2,000, according to the website.

The puck drops at 5 p.m. The Times Sports staff will have pregame, live and post-game coverage throughout the series.

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