Daily Distractions: Outdoor hockey invades Dodger Stadium.

Stadium Series

Say hello to the “Stadium Series.”

That’s what the NHL is calling the first outdoor NHL game in Los Angeles, which today was formally announced and scheduled for Jan. 25, 2014 at Dodger Stadium (and reported here last month). What will you call it?

According to the league, it will be the first outdoor regular-season NHL game played in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, the southern-most outdoor NHL game ever and the first ever in California.

Tickets aren’t available yet but it’s believed that Kings and Ducks season ticket holders will get first dibs, with details to be announced soon.

Onto the bullet points:

Adrian Gonzalez now has the best odds of any Dodger to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award, per Bovada.lv, at 12-to-1. Clayton Kershaw (3-to-1) has the best odds of anyone at winning the NL Cy Young Award.

• Former Dodgers prospect Allen Webster might be in the Boston Red Sox’s rotation soon.

• Not excited about Dee Gordon being back with the Dodgers? Apparently that’s because he isn’t on your fantasy baseball team.

• Will Luis Cruz have the worst stretch of baseball ever?

Today is the birthday of Willie Mays and former Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Mike McCormack. McCormack was less famous to L.A. Dodger fans in life than in death: “McCormick retired from baseball after 1960 and went to work for the Ventura Pipeline Construction Company in Ventura, where he had resided since 1946. … He frequently attended Los Angeles Dodgers games and was in Dodger Stadium on April 14, 1976, to watch the Dodgers’ home opener against the San Diego Padres. He suffered a massive heart attack at the game and died en route to the Queen of Angels Hospital.”

The Denver Post chronicled Orange County kid Nolan Arenado‘s rise to the big leagues with the Colorado Rockies.

ESPN asks: Who will replace Bud Selig?

• Baseball is The Only Real Game for one city in Northeast India.

• A song that had me mesmerized much of the last 24 hours, Tame Impala’s cover of “Prototype” by OutKast:

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