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Sabres pumped to be playing Rangers in Winter Classic at Citi Field

In-state rivals will face off for big outdoor game on New Year's Day

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Summer is beginning its approach in New York City, but everyone was talking about winter in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

The league announced that the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on New Year's Day.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: We're heading back outdoors."New Year's Eve, New Year's Day in New York City? You can't get any better than that." https://t.co/sFj4LKynY2 pic.twitter.com/5k3uOLY1zs

The announcement led to the hashtag #WinterClassic trending on Twitter.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was interviewed during intermission of Tuesday's lone Stanley Cup Playoff game, Game 6 between the Rangers and Ottawa Senators. He cited Buffalo's participation in the first-ever Winter Classic 10 years ago, a memorable game that saw snowfall.

The Mets official account posted a welcome message to both teams.

Tweet from @Mets: Welcome to New York! The 2018 @NHL #WinterClassic will feature the @NYRangers vs. @BuffaloSabres at @CitiField. pic.twitter.com/157FfE2GSP

It is appropriate that the Sabres back in the mix, travelling to Queens to take on their in-state rivals.

Sabres forward Evander Kane tweeted out his feelings on the announcement: "I like it."

Tweet from @evanderkane_9: I like it. https://t.co/8qOn3dD2vN

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