While everyone likes to say how wonderful it is, it’s time for a little truth. These outdoor games are ridiculous, and they diminish the sport.
Paul Cartier’s worlds are about to collide. He is the organist for both the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum and the Yankees, so it’s only fitting that he will play the organ on Wednesday night when the Islanders host the Rangers.
“The ice was the worst ice I’ve ever played on. You went from the shadows to the sun. It was almost a 10-degree difference. It was unbelievable. You rely a lot on instinct and poise, and I couldn’t close my glove. It was so cold.”
The Rangers, the second-place team in the Metropolitan Division, come in having lost two straight at home after a 9-2-1 surge. The Devils, 5-1-3 in their past nine, are tied for fifth but are only two points behind.
Even though Cory Schneider has been on quite a roll, DeBoer is turning to Brodeur, the face of the Devils to start against the Rangers in the Stadium Series.
Heading to the Stadium Series, Rick Nash is carrying a four-game goal streak with six goals scored during the streak. Nash has registered 10 goals in his last 10 games.
The Rangers goalie will be tipping his cap — er, mask — to Bronx lore when he takes the ice at Yankee Stadium later this month. Featured are Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio. And, of course, pinstripes.
Local rivalries. Frigid temperatures. The clack of the sticks. Hockey in the Bronx?