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from Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Daily,

A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead:

• The Numbers

104,173: That’s the Guinness World Records-certified attendance mark for a hockey game the NHL hopes to top at Michigan Stadium for the Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto. The league office will be working with Guinness staff to verify the more than 106,000 fans they believe will attend the Jan. 1 game. The current record also was established at Michigan Stadium, for the “Big Chill at the Big House” between Michigan and Michigan State on Dec. 11, 2010.

2: As in, are two games too many for Yankee Stadium? Tickets went on sale two weeks ago, and plenty of seats remain available for the pair of games at Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week that make up part of the NHL’s Coors Light Stadium Series. The Rangers play the Devils on Jan. 26 and the Islanders on Jan. 29. One challenge could be team performance: The Islanders are in last place in the Metropolitan Division, while the Rangers and Devils have hovered around the .500 mark so far this season. High prices also could be a problem: As of Wednesday night, it was not difficult to find eight seats together via Ticketmaster in the $198, $238, $288 and $308 price ranges for the Islanders-Rangers game.


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TreKronor's avatar

are two games too many for Yankee Stadium?

I noticed this when tickets went on sale for one of the games out west.  I figured they would all be grabbed pretty quickly, but when I checked there were still many good seats left.  It will be interesting to see if they do all these outdoor games next year.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/06/13 at 03:35 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I don’t think they’ll do more than one or two next year either way. Even if these go well, I think it’s just a quick post-lockout cash grab to make up for the lost time while also giving other markets a chance to have an outdoor game.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 12/06/13 at 05:20 PM ET

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