There are few spectacles in sports quite like an outdoor NHL game. For the second time in their history, the NY Islanders will participate in a Stadium Series game when they take on the New York Rangers on February 18 at MetLife Stadium. It will be the second of a two-game event, as the NJ Devils and Philadelphia Flyers face off the night before.
The NHL held its media day at MetLife Stadium today, as members of each organization participating and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman were all present as a new logo was unveiled to represent this momentous event.
The logo depicts the state of New Jersey, with the architecture of MetLife Stadium outlined in the background.
"We couldn't be more excited about having this great celebration of hockey in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia area," Bettman said. "As you mentioned, there are great rivalries among these four teams."
The Isles last played in an outdoor game on January 29, 2014, also against the Rangers on a frigid night at Yankee Stadium. The Isles jumped out to a 1-0 lead but ultimately fell to their hated rivals 2-1. This time around, the Isles are playing in a bigger venue where they'll hope to yield a different result.
"I think it's incredible," said Lou Lamoriello. "Certainly there's nostalgia for me because being right next door for so many years... But to have a venue like this for all the players and their families, it's just exciting. It's just the part of the game that takes away the competition and puts it in an environment where everybody just feels so good about each other."
Four Islanders will be playing in their second outdoor game for the organization - Brock Nelson, Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas, and Cal Clutterbuck. Nelson was the lone scorer for the Isles last time around, beating Henrik Lundqvist for the game's opening goal, slapping home a between-the-legs pass from Matt Donovan.