NHL Outdoor Games 2023-24 List [This Year]

By Kapil Sapkota / 1 November 2023 04:05 AM

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NHL Outdoor Games 2023-24 include the Winter Classic fixture between the Vegas Golden Knights and Seattle Kraken on 1 January 2024.

A total of 4 outdoor games have been scheduled in the 2023-24 season. The first outdoor NHL game of the season took place on October 29 between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers won the Heritage Classic by the final score of 5-2, with goal contributions from Kane, Hyman, Bouchard, Desharnais, and Kulak.

The next outdoor event of the NHL will be the Winter Classic at T-Mobile Park, where the Seattle Kraken will be hosting the Golden Knights.

Stadium Series will be the last outdoor event for the ongoing 2023-24 season. Usually, a single game is played in each outdoor event. However, two regular-season games will be played in the 2024 Stadium Series.

The 2003 Heritage Classic was the first-ever outdoor game in the history of the National Hockey League. The Oilers played the Canadiens in the historic event at Commonwealth Stadium. A total of 57,167 people attended the event.

The first Winter Classic event was held by the NHL on January 1, 2008. The Penguins played against the Sabres at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Heritage Classic and the Winter Classic are taking place regularly each year. Meanwhile, the NHL Stadium Series is held quite infrequently.

NHL Outdoor Games This Year

Date and EventFixture
Oct 29, 2023 (Heritage Classic)Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers
Jan 1, 2024 (Winter Classic)Vegas Golden Knights vs. Seattle Kraken
Feb 17, 2024 (Stadium Series)Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils
Feb 18, 2024 (Stadium Series)New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders

Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Flames and Oilers competed at Commonwealth Stadium - Edmonton, Canada on October 29 at the 2023 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic.

NHL Heritage Classic returned to the Commonwealth after 20 years. The first Heritage event took place at the same venue on Nov 22, 2003.

Both the Oilers and the Flames made their third appearance in an outdoor NHL regular-season game. Before the 2023 Heritage Classic event, Calgary participated in the 2019 Heritage Classic when they played against the Winnipeg Jets. The Flames lost 2-1 to the Jets in overtime.

The Oilers previously played in the 2016 Heritage Classic outdoor event. They registered a stunning 3-0 victory triumph over the Winnipeg Jets.

Likewise, Edmonton hosted the Montreal Canadiens at the first-ever Heritage Classic event. The Canadiens enjoyed a 4-3 win against the Oilers.

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As a part of the 2023-24 regular season games, Edmonton ended a four-game skid with a 5-2 win over the Flames in front of a sellout crowd of 55,411 at Commonwealth.

To help the Oilers win the match, forward Connor McDavid recorded an assist, who returned from an upper-body injury after missing the previous two games. McDavid made two shots on goal and was plus-2 in 23:26 of ice time.

Contributing to the Oilers' victory, Evander Kane accumulated a goal and two assists and Zach Hyman made a goal and an assist.

Likewise, Leon Draisaitl created two assists for the team (2-5-1), who were 0-3-1 during the skid. Their goalie Stuart Skinner saved 24 shots.

Nazem Kadri and A.J. Greer scored 1 goal each for the Flames which became insufficient to win over the Oilers. Both goals were assisted by MacKenzie Weegar. Calgary's netminder Jacob Markstrom recorded an impressive 29 shot-saves throughout the match.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Seattle Kraken

Seattle will host the Kraken and Golden Knights at the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic at T-Mobile Park. It is home to the Seattle Mariners.

NHL's Winter Classic is an annual outdoor ice hockey game played during the regular season on or around New Year's Day. The first Winter Classic event was held on January 1, 2008, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins during the historic event. Since then, the NHL has been organizing Winter Classic events each year, usually on January 1.

However, the 2013 event was postponed for the following year due to a lockout. Likewise, the Winter Classic event scheduled for 2021 was set for 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Golden Knights are set to participate in a regular-season outdoor game for the second time. They played against the Colorado Avalanche in the 2021 NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe, where they lost 3-2.

The 2024 Winter Classic will be the first regular-season outdoor game for the Kraken. Furthermore, it will be the first Pacific Division team to host the Winter Classic event.

TNT network will broadcast the match exclusively in the United States. Hockey fans in Canada can watch the game live on Sportsnet and TVA.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

NJ Devils will host the Flyers at the NHL Stadium Series 2024 on February 17 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The stadium is home to the New York Jets and New York Football Giants of the NFL. It boasts a seating capacity of 82,500 for NFL matches. 

But the capacity for NHL games is anticipated to be over 75,000. Navy Federal Credit Union is the title sponsor of the 2024 NHL Stadium Series.

NHL executive vice president and chief content editor Steve Mayer suggested that the Devils-Flyers match will probably be a night game.

Mayer further added that there will be plenty of events off the ice to make the event special for all fans. ESPN will broadcast the match live.

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The upcoming Stadium Series is going to be the second outdoor game for the Devils. NJ was defeated 3-7 by the Rangers in the 2014 Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium in New York.

"Obviously, our whole team is really excited to be able to play in an outdoor game here in New Jersey," Nico Hischier, the Devils captain said. "It's something I have never experienced, and it will definitely be an event to remember."

The Flyers have a record of 1-3-1 for outdoor games. They lost 2-1 against the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Winter Classic in OT at Fenway Park.

Again in the 2017 Stadium Series, the Flyers franchise lost 4-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. To make Philadelphia's history even worse, the Bruins had a  7-3 victory against the Flyers in the 2021 NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.

The only outdoor win for the Flyers was recorded in the 2019 Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia versus the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-3 in overtime).

The 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series is going to be the third and fourth outdoor games scheduled for the ongoing season.

New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders

NY Rangers and NY Islanders will meet up at the same venue as the Flyers-Devils for the 2024 Stadium Series, on February 18, 2024.

The two NHL rivals of New York will play the 2nd game of the Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series in MetLife Stadium. Like the previous game, the event will be broadcast live on ESPN.

The Rangers and Islanders previously competed in the 2014 Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Rangers defeated the Islanders 2-1 in the event.

Furthermore, the Blueshirts also had a whopping 7-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the same event.

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Currently, the Rangers franchise stands with a 4-0-0 in outdoor games. They also defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

Additionally, the NY Rangers also emerged victorious in the 2018 Winter Classic fixture against the Buffalo Sabres by a 3-2 score in overtime.

The 2024 Stadium Series will be the second outdoor game for the Islanders. They competed in the 2014 Stadium Series as their first outdoor event and lost to the Rangers.

The Rangers franchise had to be set as the road team against the Blueshirts because of their Madison Square Garden Lease Agreement. The agreement restricts them from playing a home game anywhere but MSG.

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