The Calgary Flames are on the east coast, preparing to play the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. Before they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the second game of their road trip on Sunday, they get an off-day.
And it looks like they’re not going to waste it.
The Flames are scheduled to skate outside on Lasker Rink in Central Park’s north end. A team spokesman said the Flames will put on their equipment at their hotel and take a bus to the rink and back.
This isn’t the first time that an NHL team has used Central Park as an outdoor practice facility. The Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers practiced in the park in 2011, while the Winnipeg Jets did so in 2013.
While the ice will lack in quality, the team-building should be invaluable.
Calgary has won two in a row, and could really use a good run of games to put themselves into a more comfortable spot. They’re currently in the last wild card spot, with four teams breathing down their neck.