When the New York Rangers square off against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Jan. 26, in Yankee Stadium, the entire sports world will be watching as the baseball Mecca is transformed into a haven for the NHL.
Updates from Sunday, Jan. 26
The game between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 26 has been delayed due to sun glare on the ice, according to the Rangers’ official Twitter account:
NHL on NBC had the official time for the start of the game after the delay:
With the Super Bowl coming to New Jersey the following weekend, the excitement surrounding the second stop of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series has the entire league ready to witness the intense action on the ice.
In case you haven’t seen Yankee Stadium’s transformation, CBS reporter Tom Kaminski shared an excellent picture on Twitter from the traffic helicopter:
Here is all the vital viewing information for the game and a preview of what fans should expect.
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York City
When: Sunday, Jan. 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports LiveExtra
Preview and Prediction
The battle between the Rangers and the Devils is one of the best rivalries in the NHL, and Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium will be another unique installment in the long history between the franchises.
After struggling to gain a grasp of Alain Vigneault’s offensive system earlier this season, New York has started to find its offensive consistency. The team has played well defensively in front of elite goaltender Henrik Lundqvist all season, but it was the lack of chemistry offensively that hurt the franchise’s efforts to get back into the postseason hunt.
With winger Rick Nash healthy once again after missing time with a concussion and center Brad Richards finding his niche as the Rangers' most versatile player, New York has climbed into contention for the Metropolitan Division title.
New Jersey can’t match the Rangers offensively, but the team is one of the best in the league at keeping the puck out of their own net. Led by the dynamic goaltending combination of Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider, the Devils will be able to stifle most of New York’s offensive attacks.
This battle will ultimately come down to special teams.
Both organizations boast top-10-ranked power-play and penalty-killing units, and the group that flinches first will ultimately decide the outcome of the game.
If New York can get a few chances on the power play—a feat made even tougher by the discipline of the New Jersey at both ends of the ice—the offensive firepower will find a crease and seal this victory.
Add in the fact that all of this competition will take place outdoors inside the confines of Yankee Stadium, and there is no question that this will be one of the biggest sporting events this weekend.
Predicted Final Score: New York 3, New Jersey 2
All stats via NHL.com.