As part of the NHL's decision to play six outdoor games next season, including the Winter Classic, Katie Strang at ESPN NY reports that the Rangers will be playing the against the Devils and Islanders at Yankee Stadium during the week leading up to next year's Super Bowl at the Meadowlands.
The Devil game is scheduled for January 26th, while the Islander game will be on January 29th. The Rangers will be the visitors for both games.
The 2014 Winter Classic is scheduled for January 1st in Ann Arbor, Michigan between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.
The other three games include the Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, the Penguins and Blackhawks at Chicago's Soldier Field on March 1 and the Senators and Canucks at Vancouver's BC Place on March 2.
…you had to figure it was only a matter of time until Bettman killed his signature event. The NHL finally captures the coveted non-hockey fan with the Winter Classic and what do they do? They dilute it and essentially destroy the majesty of this amazing spectacle. The Winter Classic ceases being a big deal as soon as the Rangers step on that Yankee Stadium ice against the Devils.
…i know the NHL is a business and multiple outdoor games will bring in big money, but I have to wonder if it's worth minimizing what's become a must see New Year's Day event.
…remember how great inter-league baseball was when it was first introduced? Sold out crowds and tons of excitement. The reason for that initial popularity was that it was focused on geography and natural rivals. But they got too greedy, extended the format and now they're stuck with half empty ballparks watching the Diamondbacks play the Royals. Expect the same results from these multiple outdoor games in a few years.
…having said that, when do tickets go on sale?