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Rangers vs. Devils: Sunday, January 26, 12:30
Rangers vs. Islanders: Wednesday, January 29, 7:30
Local hockey rivalries take it outside next week for the NHL Stadium Series, as the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders do battle at Yankee Stadium. The Blueshirts, led by a resurgent Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash, are in the thick of the playoff race, lifting their record to 27-23-3 even with two recent losses. The Devils, meanwhile, are only two points behind, at 55, while the Islanders are climbing with 49, after a surprisingly awful start. There are still tickets left for both games, available on TicketMaster for $88 to $358, but the seating is odd because of the placement of the rink in the new House That Ruth Originally Built, which holds more than fifty thousand for baseball. TicketMaster explains: “Please note that the scaling of the venue is not typical of an indoor hockey game. Due to sight lines, the higher priced seats will be in the highest levels of the building and similarly, the lower priced seats will be closest to the field.” The series will also feature live entertainment; the January 26 contest between the Broadway Blues and the Devils will include a preshow concert by the cast of Jersey Boys, three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will sing the National Anthem, and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will help the crowd reach up and touch the sky during the first intermission, while on January 29, when the Rangers face off against the soon-to-be Brooklyn Islanders, CeeLo Green will take the stage before the game, Michelle Williams will handle the National Anthem, and Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields will bring back memories during the second intermission, probably with a much better sound system than the Fab Four had when they played Shea back in 1965. The Stadium Series is also going on in California, where the Ducks and the Kings are meeting up at Dodger Stadium, and in Chicago, where the Penguins will duke it out with the champion Blackhawks at Soldier Field.