Can there be too much of a good thing?
The NHL recently announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2014 in the resumption of the Winter Classic outdoor series, and it was reported here that the Ducks will face the Kings outdoors amid the palm trees at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, 2014, pending the completion of some logistical and financial details.
But on Tuesday TSN reported that the league is planning six — count 'em six — outdoor games next season.
The first would be the Maple Leafs-Red Wings game, followed by the Kings-Ducks matchup. The lineup after that has the New Jersey Devils facing the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26, followed by the Rangers facing the New York Islanders on Jan. 29, again at Yankee Stadium.
After a break, the “Stadium Series” will continue with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meeting at Chicago’s Soldier Field on March 1. In the only game of the series scheduled in Canada, the Ottawa Senators will face the Vancouver Canucks at Vancouver’s BC Place stadium on March 2.