Look what happened in the SCF's last year. The market for the tickets was insane. I know plenty of fans that probably couldn't afford it but paid the prices because it meant so much with them. Compare the prices of what people were paying in LA to what happened in PHX or even Jersey. I sat 2nd row in game 5 in PHX for $150/seat, and under $300 13 rows up in Jersey for game 5. You could not even come close to those tickets in LA for that price. Obviously a supply and demand argument again right?
Now, if the Kings were trying to $*** on their fans then I would argue that with what Darby posted above. I understand we all cannot afford season seats or just choose not to put that much money toward it but I was extremely pleased last year out how cheap our playoff and SCF tickets were. They could have easily bumped those tickets 200-300% and I think while there would have been some whining but seeing what tickets went for it would have still been a bargain.
Also if someone feels priced out or doesn't want to drop the cash on the home opener, there will definitely be other opportunities in the remaining schedule as rinkrat pointed out.
This also can go other way. I remember people getting lowers for $20 2 years ago. When I was paying more then that for my season seats. I am not sure exactly what the right thing to do is considering the amount of scalped tickets and the demand but I actually don't think they are $***ing on the fans. They don't keep track of loyal fans that by individual tickets throughout the years. How are they to really know? You can't expect the most sought after games to be given out as charity.