During Tuesday’s Game 6 between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced who will play in the 2018 NHL Winter Classic.
The Buffalo Sabres will take on the Rangers at the Mets’ Citi Field in Flushing Queens on January 1st, 2018.
The Rangers are obligated by contract that states they must play all home games at Madison Square Garden. Since this game is at Citi Field, New York cannot be the home team. Therefore, the Sabres will be the home team despite the location being in New York.
The date will mark the 10-year anniversary of Buffalo hosting the first Classic, when they had over 71,000 fans packed into Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Rangers have been in one other Winter Classic, back in 2012, a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. They also played a pair of Stadium Series games in 2014, defeating the New Jersey Devils, 7-3, and then the New York Islanders, 2-1.
The Rangers served as the away team in all three of their previous outdoor appearances, which they have gone 3-0 in.
Because this will serve as a home game, many questions have come up as to how it will impact season ticket holders. Jeremy Howard from WGR provided some info via Twitter:
Sabres season ticket holders will have an option to buy tickets to the winter classic at citifield. you will receive info in the coming days
— Howard WGR (@hsimon62) May 10, 2017