It's been 36 days since the NY Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes, and we've finally received word from Lou Lamoriello. While it had nothing to do with this past season or the organization's plans heading into the future, Lamoriello briefly spoke regarding the Islanders Stadium Series matchup with the NY Rangers at MetLife Stadium.
“The New York Islanders are honored to have been selected by the National Hockey League to host a game at MetLife Stadium," said Lamoriello about the February 18 matchup. "Our fan base is one of the most passionate in the NHL and deserve to experience this memorable event, along with our players and the entire organization. We look forward to playing our division rival inside one of the largest professional stadiums in the country.”
While the NJ Devils and Philadelphia Flyers are slated to faceoff on Saturday, Feb. 17, the Isles and Rangers will take the ice the following day, with a start time yet to be announced. Capacity for the event will be over 75,000, compared to the 50,105 who witnessed the Rangers defeat the Islanders 2-1 on a frigid night at Yankee Stadium in 2014.
The outdoor event will be a home game for the Islanders, as the Rangers cannot host home games outside the confines of Madison Square Garden.
With season ticket prices set months in advance and multiple payments already made, tickets to the Stadium Series game will not be included within the season ticket package for Isles fans - but season ticket holders may choose to purchase seats.
When the puck drops between the two Metropolitan Division foes, it will be the 41st outdoor game in NHL history. The Rangers hold a 4-0 record in the great outdoors, while the Islanders look to get in the win column for the first time in their second outdoor game.