Who, What, When and Where: The Rangers, Devils and Islanders Stadium Series match-ups. Rangers vs. Devils Sunday January 26 1pm and Rangers vs. Islanders Wednesday January 29 7:30pm at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York.
This week the Stadium Series comes to New York and all three locals will be participating. The outdoor hockey movement of the past few years has proven to be a huge success for the league and a lot of fun for the fans. The Rangers have participated in the past but this is the first time that the games have been brought to the Big Apple.
Other than the fact these are huge games for these teams the intrigue for the casual fan is the venue. Yankee Stadium as the backdrop for hockey should be quite the spectacle and the bitter cold should provide an unforgettable experience for all of the die-hards who brave the elements to see it live, including yours-truly on Wednesday night. I’m sure I’ll be posting pics from the game on twitter @EmpireWritesBck (shameless plug there).
Although this is my pick because of the spectacle, you can not ignore the games themselves. These are huge intra-division rivalry games this major repercussions in the standings. All three tams have been playing pretty good hockey as of late and the second place Rangers are just 7 points ahead of the last place Islanders, that’s how tight the NHL’s Metropolitan division is. Getting the two points in these games are critical.
This should be a fun distraction from the monotony of NFL coverage on Super Bowl week. I know I’m excited.