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Islanders to play Rangers at Yankee Stadium next season

Colin McDonald of the Islanders checks Steve Eminger

Colin McDonald of the Islanders checks Steve Eminger of the Rangers in the first period at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

A source confirmed to Newsday that the Islanders and Rangers will play an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29, 2014, the first-ever outdoor game for the Islanders. TSN reported the news first Tuesday night.

It won't be the Rangers' only outdoor game next season. As part of the run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be hosted by MetLife Stadium, the Rangers will also face the Devils at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26, getting all three New York-area teams in on the festivities.

The Rangers played in last season's Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in what has become one of the NHL's signature events.

This season's Classic, between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., was canceled along with the first four months of the 2012-13 season; that game will still be played on New Year's Day, kicking off what TSN reported will be six outdoor games next season.

Yankee Stadium had long been rumored to be a host for an outdoor game, but the addition of the Pinstripe Bowl to the stadium's winter schedule seemed to prevent that as far as the Winter Classic was concerned.

Now, with the NHL's desire to appease more markets following the lockout, the opportunity for later games arose.

The Ducks and Kings are reportedly to play at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, the Penguins and Hawks at Soldier Field on March 1 and the Senators and Canucks at Vancouver's B.C. Place on March 2, part of what TSN is calling the "Stadium Series."

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