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Social media excitement for Dodger Stadium game

NHL.com

Social media is abuzz with content regarding the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium. Check out some tweets, pictures and videos surrounding the event:

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Stars come out for Stadium Series game in L.A.

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Only in Los Angeles could a red-carpet event at a hockey game produce the kind of palpable buzz that was so evident two hours before puck drop Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

There was KISS in full costume and makeup, Alyssa Milano talking about her love of sports, particularly hockey, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson sporting his long beard, and Wayne Gretzky photobombing actor and entertainer Tom Arnold.

"This is a wonderful night, a spectacular event, only a positive for hockey and a positive for sports in California," Gretzky said. "It's an opportunity too to show people how great a hockey city this is."


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Stadium Series games let Rangers combine passions

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- For the New York Rangers, playing two games at Yankee Stadium as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series offers a unique opportunity to play on one of sports' grandest stages. For the members of the Rangers who grew up loving baseball, it's a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of two passions.

"It's awesome. I'm a Yankees fan growing up. To get a chance to be out there in the stadium and look around, it's pretty cool," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. "I've come here and watched Yankees games as a fan. It's a little different playing hockey than baseball. We're going to have a lot more fans than we normally do at [Madison Square] Garden. It's going to be fun."

Not every Ranger grew up watching the Yankees like Callahan, but it was still a special moment to skate in the Bronx before their game Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. That was especially true for Rangers defenseman John Moore, who admits that growing up in suburban Chicago and rooting for the Cubs had its share of melancholy moments.

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Trade to Rangers puts Klein on outdoor stage

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Three days ago, Kevin Klein was packing his bags in anticipation of the Nashville Predators' four-game, seven-day road trip through Western Canada that started the following night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Then he got a phone call informing him he had been traded to the New York Rangers.

Three days later, after playing in the Rangers' 2-1 loss Thursday to the St. Louis Blues, Klein had his first full practice with the team, outdoors at Yankee Stadium.

In anticipation of two games in the Bronx as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the 29-year-old defenseman was taking the sudden curveball in stride. It certainly wasn't how he saw his weekend shaping up.

"It's pretty amazing, from the facilities to the stadium. Oh man, it's a pretty cool experience," Klein said. "All of a sudden you're traded (for Michael Del Zotto) and I'm getting texts about an outdoor stadium game at Yankee Stadium. Back home I've got a few buddies that love the Yankees. They were all jacked up and texting me. It's the first time I got to visit the stadium."

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Devils, Rangers covet points from outdoor game

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The players and coaches for the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers had their time on the ice at Yankee Stadium on Saturday as they got ready for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC).

The day was full of fun and not a lot of hard work. Each team practiced for about an hour then spent an hour on the ice skating with family and friends.

As much as their on-ice work Saturday was about drills and fine-tuning systems, it was more of a test run for what the atmosphere was going to be like Sunday. Players figured out what clothing they needed to wear, what the sight lines were like, and whether they would need eye black or not, among other issues.

Dealing with those items Saturday were crucial because Sunday is about more than being part of the first ice hockey game at Yankee Stadium. The two points at stake in the Metropolitan Division standings are crucial for two teams fighting for spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Kings-Ducks Stadium Series game sold out

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Tickets for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium are sold out, the League announced Saturday.

More than 54,000 fans are expected to be inside the historic baseball stadium Saturday night (9:30 ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2) to see the first regular season NHL game outdoors in the western United States.

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Devils' Jagr appreciates Stadium Series setting

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Growing up in Czechoslovakia, New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr didn't know anything about Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio or the New York Yankees.

But after more than two decades of life in North America, Jagr certainly could appreciate what it meant to be dressing in the Yankees clubhouse Saturday prior to Devils practice at Yankee Stadium.

New Jersey plays the New York Rangers in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC).

"It's a very special place just to play here," Jagr said. "And I'm from Czech so baseball is not very popular. I can imagine for some guys who love baseball, [what it's like] just to be here."

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Devils' Josefson returns to lineup for Stadium Series

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils left wing Jacob Josefson will be in the lineup for the first time in almost a month on Sunday against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC) at Yankee Stadium.

Josefson will fill in on the team's top line alongside center Travis Zajac and right wing Jaromir Jagr. The Devils re-assigned Joe Whitney to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils, on Saturday to make room for the 22-year-old Swede. Whitney made his NHL debut with Zajac and Jagr on Friday in a victory against the Washington Capitals.

Josefson acknowledged he was informed of the decision prior to the team's arrival at Yankee Stadium.

"I've been working hard outside of the lineup, trying to get back and show them in practices and this is a good opportunity," Josefson said. "When you haven't played in a while it's the same situation as always, you want to prove yourself and I might as well make the best of it."

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Devils choose Brodeur to start outdoor game

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Martin Brodeur will be the starting goalie for the New Jersey Devils against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

"It really was an easy decision from a right-thing-to-do perspective," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday. "He's done so much in his career with the Devils and also he's played some excellent hockey for us this year."

The Devils were given an opportunity to experience the elements Saturday afternoon during an hour-long practice at the Stadium. DeBoer guided his team through a controlled scrimmage then a few basic drills before players, coaches and team personnel had a chance to skate with their families.

DeBoer made the announcement about Brodeur at his post-practice press conference.

"The tough part was that Cory [Schneider] was on a little bit of a roll," DeBoer said. "He had been almost unbeatable the last five or six games, so that threw a little bit of a wrench into the thinking, but at the end of the day, this was the right thing to do, and both guys handled it professionally."

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Collins: Demand remains high for NHL outdoor games

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 1:03 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- After setting a new standard with six outdoor games this season, the NHL expects to scale back next season while still continuing the outdoor game tradition beyond New Year's Day.

John Collins, the League's chief operating officer, said Friday at Dodger Stadium that the League will "definitely" be holding fewer than six outdoor games next season, but he wouldn't put a number on how many and he wouldn't say where they could be other than Washington, D.C., which has already been announced as the host city for the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, at a still to be determined venue against a yet unnamed opponent.

"We have ideas," Collins said. "There are the markets that everybody points to that we all know would be great. We already announced Washington. Everybody knows Minnesota would be great. Colorado would be great. If this goes well [in Los Angeles], San Jose would be great."

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