2018 NHL Winter Classic To Feature Buffalo Sabres Against New York Rangers

The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Buffalo
Sabres® and New York Rangers® on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National
Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.
“The Winter Classic made its debut under snowy Buffalo skies in 2008, and we look forward to
celebrating the 10th anniversary of that landmark event by matching the Sabres with their intrastate rivals, the New York Rangers, in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field,” NHL Commissioner
Gary Bettman said. “With New York City as its host, the renewal of our New Year’s tradition will continue
to inspire hockey memories for our clubs, our players and our fans.”
Both the Sabres and Rangers will be making their second appearance in the NHL Winter
Classic®. Buffalo hosted the first-ever NHL Winter Classic® against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a 2-1
shootout loss in front of 71,217 fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Jan. 1, 2008. New York defeated the
hometown Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on
Jan. 2, 2012, by a score of 3-2.
After hosting the first NHL Winter Classic in 2008, we are happy to be able to celebrate the 10-
year anniversary by playing in the 2018 game,” said Sabres President Russ Brandon. “We look forward
to participating in this marquee event and helping to promote the great game of hockey on such a large
scale.”
“The New York Rangers are honoured to once again be a part of one of the NHL’s signature
events,” said New York Rangers President Glen Sather. “The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
represents everything that is great about our game. Playing in the Winter Classic and Stadium Series in
recent years was a tremendous experience for our organization and we look forward to yet another
opportunity to celebrate the game of hockey, together with all our fans, in New York City.”
The intrastate rivals have faced off in 177 regular-season games since the 1970-71 season, with
the Sabres holding a 196-172 edge in points over the Rangers (BUF 81-62-34—196; NYR 71-76-30—
172). In addition, the Sabres and Rangers have met twice in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, with Buffalo
winning both best-of-seven series, including their most recent matchup in the 2007 Eastern Conference
Semifinals.