The 2017 NHL playoff matchups for the conference finals are set. In the East, the Penguins will face the Senators; in the West, the Ducks will face the Predators.
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The Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by beating the top-seeded Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday in Washington. The Ducks advanced to the West finals with a Game 7 victory over the Oilers later that night.
Limited Kurt Warner Jersey Citi Field will become the sixth ballpark to host a Winter Classic, which has rotated between a number of venues over the years.
Buffalo hosted the original Winter Classic in 2008, but the Sabres hadn’t been selected for an NHL outdoor game since. The NHL’s inclusion of the Sabres is seen as a nod for setting the stage for the success of the outdoor concept, which has expanded to more than a dozen NHL cities in the U.S. and Canada.
The Winter Classic made its debut under snowy Buffalo skies in 2008, and we look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of that landmark event by matching the Sabres with their intrastate rivals, the New York Rangers, in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field, Bettman said in a statement. With New York City as its host, the renewal of our New Year’s tradition will continue to inspire hockey memories for our clubs, our players and our fans.
The most recent Winter Classic was played at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium between the Blues and Blackhawks on Jan. 2.
This matchup pits U.S.-born Sabres star Jack Eichel against the NHL’s most profitable American franchise in the Rangers.