When the New York Rangers and New York Islanders square off on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the third game of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, fans will be tuning in to see a wild battle with New York pride on the line.
The Rangers played the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Jan. 26 on the ice inside Yankee Stadium, but with two days off and plenty of time to make adjustments, hockey fans should expect the surface to match the elite play from both teams.
For those who missed the transformation from a baseball Mecca to a home game for both the Rangers and the Islanders, SportsCenter’s Twitter offers a panoramic view of the facility and playing surface:
Here is all of the vital viewing information for the game and a preview of what fans should expect.
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York City, N.Y.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports LiveExtra
Preview and Prediction
When the Rangers battle the Islanders in the second game at Yankee Stadium this week, the focus will be on the rekindling of the intense rivalry between the New York based franchises in front of a mixed crowd.
Yankee Stadium will play host to both Rangers fans and Islanders fans.
Unfortunately, not every spectator will be satisfied with the outcome of this game. The Rangers have been playing stronger as the season has progressed, but the Islanders have blossomed into an offensive juggernaut that will be victorious.
Led by captain and gifted center John Tavares, the Islanders have become one of the most potent offensive teams in the league. The biggest flaw in the franchise's performance, though, has been the lackluster defensive play in front of the net and the inconsistent goaltending.
While the team has struggled at times, young goaltender Kevin Poulin has shown glimpses of being a star in the future and has played well while filling in for injured starter Evgeni Nabokov.
The Rangers have the offensive threats like forwards Rick Nash and Brad Richards that can spell trouble for an inexperienced goalie like Poulin, but the forechecking ability of the Islanders is underrated.
With a chance to steal the national spotlight away from their cross-town rivals, the Islanders will pull out an important win for the confidence of the young franchise.
Predicted Final Score: Islanders 4, Rangers 3
*All stats via NHL.com.