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2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series NY: Rangers/Devils/Islanders

Outdoor ice a return to childhood for Islanders

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- As a child, New York Islanders captain John Tavares spent the majority of his free time skating on the backyard rink of Sam Gagner, a neighborhood friend who has gone on to play for the Edmonton Oilers. Those memories came flooding back Tuesday.

Tavares' trip down memory lane was triggered when he and his teammates found themselves at Yankee Stadium, preparing for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series showdown with the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

"We used to spend six, seven hours out there," Tavares said of his childhood days of skating with Gagner. "I remember not being able to feel my fingers or toes for a few hours. That was a lot of fun.

"Ramsey Lake, up in Sudbury, Ontario, where my family's from, being a little kid my dad used to bring me out there. Minor hockey too, before I played with Sam, we used to play once a week outside on just a local outdoor rink. It wasn't so much practice, we would just go out there and play shinny and have fun and just enjoy playing the game. We played a lot outside, and I'm looking forward to create some more memories [Wednesday]."


Stadium experience for Okposo, Kreider began in '10

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Before the 2014 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic drew more than 105,000 spectators to Michigan Stadium and the University of Michigan hosted Michigan State University in a hockey game in front of an all-time record crowd of 113,411, there was Gelsenkirchen.

That German town hosted the first game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championship. The game pitted the host nation against the United States at Veltins Arena, a sprawling soccer stadium that drew 77,803 fans. At the time, that attendance figure established a world record for a hockey game, topped seven months later at Michigan Stadium. The Americans lost that game 2-1, but two of the youngest players on the team will meet again, against a historic backdrop, when the New York Islanders host the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2) as part of the 2014 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series.

"It was a different experience. At the time, it was the most [spectators] ever at a hockey game. That was a pretty cool experience," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said Tuesday after his team finished practice at Yankee Stadium. "You watched the soccer games on TV over there and you heard the hum of the crowd, the little buzz. That's how it was in the stadium. It was pretty neat."


Bailey: Stadium a cool atmosphere for practice

Josh Bailey - Special to NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has been looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Isles and the New York Rangers (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2) at Yankee Stadium. In the second edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com this week, Bailey talks about his experience Tuesday practicing with his teammates at baseball's most famous ballpark.

We had the opportunity to skate at Yankee Stadium today, and it felt like junior hockey a little bit again with practice being later in the afternoon. But it was a good experience. Just to come down and see Yankee Stadium, you just try to soak it all in.

It was a good practice. We had some fun with the families out there afterwards. I was able to be out there with my girlfriend and my brother. It was a really enjoyable day.

I know everyone thinks about memories of playing outside, but I think that gets played up a little more than it actually is. To me, it felt like another practice. At the same time, it was obviously cool. It was a different atmosphere. The rink felt really small just because the area is so big. But it was a good experience.


Rangers expect different environment vs. Islanders

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers aren't banking on experience being a big advantage in their second game at Yankee Stadium.

"It's going to be completely different," forward Chris Kreider said. "I think it's going to be an independent entity. You can take stuff from the game you just played in but that can change just like that. It's about how you adjust."

Kreider said the key for the Rangers heading into their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) is to expect the unexpected.

It's hard to argue with that approach considering how much actually will be different for the Rangers in the Bronx.


Rangers-Islanders Stadium Series game sold out


NEW YORK -- The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Jan. 29 is sold out, the National Hockey League® announced today. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN in the U.S. and TSN and RDS2 in Canada beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

With today's announcement, all four games of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be played in sold out stadiums. On Saturday, a festive crowd of 54,099 packed Dodger Stadium to see the spectacle of the NHL's first outdoor game played in California. On Sunday, the Rangers and New Jersey Devils entertained 50,105 fans in the first-ever hockey game played at Yankee Stadium.


Islanders' Bailey ready to practice at Yankee Stadium

Josh Bailey - Special to NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has been looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Isles and the New York Rangers (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) at Yankee Stadium. In the first edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com for the next three days, Bailey talks about the his experience playing outdoors as a youngster and his thoughts about watching the outdoor game between the Rangers and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

His first blog entry comes after the Islanders' 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday night:

This wasn't the way we had hoped to go into the outdoor game against the Rangers. It was a pretty bad start by us. They were all over us there, but I thought we rebounded well and clawed our way back into the game. The late goal they got in the second period hurt us, and we just didn't have enough in the third period. We weren't able to capitalize on a couple of chances and we lost the game.

They came out hard; I think they had 18 shots early, and you're just trying to weather the storm, find a way out of it. I thought we did an OK job of trying to keep them to the outside. We had a great second period, but we didn't find a way to get it done.


Rangers, Lundqvist seek second outdoor win vs. rival

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

More than 24 hours after New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist savored a historic atmosphere while playing on an ice rink planted in the middle of Yankee Stadium, he was still waxing poetic about the experience.

Entering the 7-3 win Sunday against the New Jersey Devils -- a game that came with considerable hype -- Lundqvist had intentions of looking around and appreciating his surroundings, which he also got to take in during the team's family skate Saturday.


Outdoor games packed with memorable moments


More than 200,000 fans have witnessed three NHL regular-season games played without a roof this season, and each has provided a unique take on the outdoor hockey experience.

Whether it was the steady snow at The Big House, the SoCal-flavored spectacle or the offensive explosion in the Bronx, games at Michigan Stadium, Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium have provided a variety of memorable moments and an experience fans and players alike will cherish.

There are three more outdoor games this season, with the next one back in the Bronx on Wednesday when the New York Rangers face their other regional rival, the New York Islanders, in a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2). The final two are after a break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the Chicago Blackhawks welcoming the Pittsburgh Penguins to Soldier Field for the conclusion of the Stadium Series on March 1, while the following day the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks will clash across the street from the Canucks' normal home in the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place.


Outdoor experience could provide edge for Rangers

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Long before lacing their skates against the New Jersey Devils for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers held a sizable advantage when it came to outdoor experience.

Fresh off their 7-3 win against the Devils, the hope is that experience will serve them well when they return to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday for their Stadium Series game against the New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2), a team with practically no outdoor game experience.

"I think anytime you do something more than once it's going to help you prepare. It's going to help you know what to expect," said Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, who scored against New Jersey. "So I definitely hope we can have an advantage next game."


Social media excitement for Yankee Stadium game


Social media is abuzz with content regarding the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Check out some player tweets, pictures and videos surrounding the event:

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