It looks like the Leafs and Caps will reignite their playoff match-up on a big stage.
The stadium series will continue into 2018 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in
Annapolis, Maryland. The stadium has a capacity 34,000 with a record attendance of over 38000. Expect the young dynamic Leafs along with the perennial powerhouse Caps to generate a huge draw on the 3rd of March next season.
This comes after the Capitals defeated the Maple Leafs in an overtime filled 6 game series.
The Heritage Winter Classic will also hold two teams from the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions. Buffalo will host the New York Rangers on January 1st.
The Sabres will be the home team during the game, regardless that the game is held in New York. Two previous outdoor games have been held in New York, but this is the second time a New Years Day Winter Classic will be held in the Empire State.
The Sabres will be the “home” team in the game given the Rangers are contractually obligated to play all their home games at Madison Square Garden.
The 100 Classic will be held on December 16, 2017 at TD Place Stadium in Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, featuring the Montreal Canadiens against the Ottawa Senators.
This will be the fifth outdoor NHL event featuring the Montreal Canadiens and the third featuring the Sens.
Huge list of outdoor games this season, with playoff implications as well. I’m really glad the NHL has continued this trend of promoting outdoor events, as they become less about the promotion of the NHL but more about the approach-ability and the spectacle of hockey. Especially with the display of 3 different Original Six teams, the love of the game will be on full display in the 2018 season.