Key storylines to watch out for across the NHL’s two Outdoor Games at Lake Tahoe

The Vegas Golden Knights (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Vegas Golden Knights (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

We’re set for a special weekend in the NHL with two Outdoor Games at Lake Tahoe.

Buckle in because we have got two mouthwatering NHL Outdoor Games to look forward to this weekend, with the Vegas Golden Knights taking on the Colorado Avalanche today (3:00 p.m. ET) before the Boston Bruins will go up against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday (2:00 p.m. ET), with both games being played in-front of a stunning backdrop at Lake Tahoe.

With the Golden Knights and the Avalanche hitting the ice for practice on Friday, we got a tantalizing glimpse of just how breathtaking and beautiful these games will look from a visual standpoint, and we can’t wait.

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With no Winter Classic this year, there was a danger that there would be no outdoor games in the NHL in 2020-21, but the league has done an absolutely outstanding job of constructing an outdoor rink at Lake Tahoe and it could be the most stunning-looking Outdoor game we have seen in quite some time.

And, not only will the games be a must-watch because of the scenery and all of the outdoor elements, the matchups will also be unmissable TV too. For starters, we have two West Division heavyweights in the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche slugging it out today, with both teams heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year and both neck-and-neck in the West.

Then, on Sunday, we have two of the top teams in the ultra-competitive East Division going head-to-head in the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers, with the B’s have already beaten the Flyers on four different occasions this year, so expect there to be plenty of snarl and fireworks between these two teams when they do battle yet again tomorrow.

Overall, we are set for a fantastic weekend of hockey outdoors and, ahead of the Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday later (3:00 p.m. ET), we’re going to break down the main storylines that are worth keeping an eye on across the two hugely-compelling showdowns. Let’s delve right in…

Main Storylines to keep an eye on in NHL’s two Outdoors Games at Lake Tahoe

Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Sublime Jerseys

All four teams will wear their Reverse Retro Jerseys this weekend and, while the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vegas Golden Knights have already worn theirs on a couple of occasions, we will see the debut of two others and they are beauties.

For starters, the Colorado Avalanche will debut their spectacular Reverse Retro uniforms that pay tribute to the old Quebec Nordiques franchise, and they certainly looked absolutely stunning during practice on Friday.

Philipp Grubauer (31)
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Colorado Avalanche. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Boston Bruins will also wear their Reverse Retro jerseys for the first time, with their bright yellow uniforms set to look pretty good against the backdrop of Lake Tahoe. I always thought these were underrated uniforms when they were revealed, and I’m looking forward to seeing these in action on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Flyers did a nice job with their Reverse Retro uniforms and, while we have seen them already this season, they will just look different outdoors as did the Golden Knights when they hit the ice for practice on Friday. Now, I wasn’t a huge fan of Vegas’ Reverse Retro jerseys, which were a tribute to hockey history in Las Vegas, but they have really grown on me and, for jersey enthusiasts, this weekend should be a real treat given the eye-catching uniforms we will have on display.