NHL unlikely to hold outdoor game in Canada during 2018-19 season

The Hockey Night in Canada panel break down some of the big news from this week in the NHL. That included the Ottawa Senators situation and next year's outdoor games and the possible exclusion of Canadian teams.

The NHL 100 Classic took place Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators hosted the Montreal Canadiens outdoors on a chilly night at Lansdowne Park. Unfortunately for Canadian hockey fans, it’s unlikely there will be an outdoor game in the Great White North next year.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the news during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada before adding that he wouldn’t be surprised if a marquee team like the Edmonton Oilers were involved the next time the league plans an outdoor game in Canada.

Last season there was the Heritage Classic between the Jets and Oilers in October at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, plus the Centennial Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Toronto’s BMO Field on New Year’s Day.

The NHL has two more outdoor games planned for this season. The Rangers and Sabres are set to meet at Citi Field in New York on Jan. 1 and the Capitals will host the Maple Leafs at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium March 3.

On Jan. 1, 2019 the Bruins and Blackhawks will play a game at Notre Dame Stadium and the Penguins and Flyers meet in an all-Pennsylvania matchup at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 2019.


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