ARENA: BB&T Center
RECORD: 22-19-10, 54 points
STANDINGS: 5th in the Atlantic Division, 10th in the Eastern Conference
LAST 10: 5-3-2
HOME RECORD: 13-9-3
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. FLORIDA: 13-12-4 (6-5-3 at Florida)
Logan Shaw - Drafted by Florida in the third round (76th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, played 53 games with the Panthers in 2015-16.
Sunrise is a city in central-western Broward County, Florida in the Miami metropolitan area. It was incorporated in 1961 by Norman Johnson - a developer whose World Famous Upside-Down House attracted buyers to what was then a remote area. It has been reported that the community was to be named Sunset Village - but this did not occur because of objections from residents who felt that "sunset" was too final. (Originally called "Sunset," the name did not sit well with the retirees whom developers wanted to attract, so a change was made to "Sunrise".)
Originally known as Sunrise Golf Village, the city had a population of 4,300 and comprised just 1.75 square miles by 1967. Then, during the 1970s - as Broward County began to push west - the City experienced its first real growth. Thanks in large part to these shopping and entertainment destinations, Sunrise has become one of Florida's top tourist draws.
Miles Traveled (Honda Center to BB&T Center: 2,696)
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
ARENA: Amalie Arena
RECORD: 22-23-6, 50 points
STANDINGS: 6th in the Atlantic Division, 14th in the Eastern Conference
LAST 10: 3-5-2
HOME RECORD: 12-9-2
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. TAMPA BAY: 16-14-1 (7-8-0 at Tampa Bay)
TAMPA BAY CONNECTIONS
Nate Thompson - Played parts of five seasons with Tampa Bay, 2009-2014.
ABOUT TAMPA BAY
The city of Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa Bay (often mistaken as the city) is actually a large natural harbor and estuary connected to the gulf on the west central coast of the state, comprising Hillsboro Bay, McKay Bay, Old Tampa Bay, Middle Tampa Bay, and Lower Tampa Bay. The surrounding area is home to about four million residents, making it a heavily used commercial and recreational waterway.
Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.9 million residents, making it the second-largest metropolitan statistical area in the state, and the fourth-largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Miami, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Tampa was ranked as the fifth best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008 and also ranks as the fifth-most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study
Miles Traveled (BB&T Center to Amalie Arena: 251)
NEW YORK RANGERS
ARENA: Madison Square Garden
RECORD: 31-18-1, 63 points
STANDINGS: 4th in the Metropolitan Division, 5th in the Eastern Conference
LAST 10: 5-5-0
HOME RECORD: 14-11-1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. NEW YORK: 16-9-6 (7-5-4 at New York)
NEW YORK CONNECTIONS
ABOUT NEW YORK CITY
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and is described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs - Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island - each of which is a separate county of New York State. With a census-estimated 2014 population of 8,491,079 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States.
Miles Traveled (Amalie Arena to Madison Square Garden: 1,129)
ARENA: First Niagara Center
RECORD: 20-20-9, 49 points
STANDINGS: 7th in the Atlantic Division, 15th in the Eastern Conference
LAST 10: 5-5-0
HOME RECORD: 11-8-3
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. BUFFALO: 13-15-4 (5-6-4 at Buffalo*)
*Road game played at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Buffalo is located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie at the head of the Niagara River. As of 2014, Buffalo is the second-most populous city in the state after New York City, with 258,703 residents, and the metropolitan area is the 45th-largest in the United States.
Residents of Buffalo are called "Buffalonians" and nicknames for the city include "The Queen City," "The Nickel City" and "The City of Good Neighbors." The first plate of wings was served in 1964 at a family-owned establishment in Buffalo called the Anchor Bar. The wings were the brainchild of Teressa Bellissimo, who covered them in her own special sauce and served them with a side of blue cheese and celery because that's what she had available.
Miles Traveled (Madison Square Garden to First Niagara Center: 374)
ARENA: Verizon Center
RECORD: 33-11-6, 72 points
STANDINGS: 1st in the Metropolitan Division, 1st in the Eastern Conference
LAST 10: 7-2-1
HOME RECORD: 19-5-1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. WASHINGTON: 15-11-5 (9-5-2 at Washington)
ABOUT WASHINGTON, D.C.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States. The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are in the District, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. Among D.C.'s attractions are the White House, the United States Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institution, the Lincoln Memorial and Washington National Cathedral. Named in honor of President George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District.
Washington had an estimated population of 681,170 as of July 2016 and is also home to the Nationals of Major League Baseball, the NFL's Redskins and the NBA's Wizards. Washington D.C. is among the 13 cities or metropolitan areas that are home to four major league sports teams.
Miles Traveled (First Niagara Center to Verizon Center: 387)
ARENA: Xcel Energy Center
RECORD: 33-11-5, 71 points
STANDINGS: 1st in the Central Division, 1st in the Western Conference
LAST 10: 8-2-0
HOME RECORD: 17-6-0
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. MINNESOTA: 29-20-9 (11-11-7 at Minnesota)
Clayton Stoner - Drafted by Minnesota in the third round (79th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, played 227 games with the Wild (2009-2014).
ABOUT ST. PAUL
One of the "Twin Cities" of Minnesota (along with Minneapolis), St. Paul is the capital and second-most populous city in the state (300,851 as of 2015). St. Paul lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state's largest city. The Twin Cities form the core of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.52 million residents.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is also among the 13 cities or metropolitan areas that are home to four major league sports teams, although all of them - the Minnesota Wild, Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves have the state in their names rather than either of the cities.
Miles Traveled (Verizon Center to Xcel Energy Center: 1,107)
*City facts referenced from Wikipedia