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Report: NHL Winter Classic will feature Rangers, Flyers

The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will play in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, according to a philly.com report.

There’ll be a wrinkle this year, though, according to the report. The game would be played on Jan. 2 rather than New Year’s Day, which falls on a Sunday. The NHL apparently will make way for the NFL — assuming, of course, that there is an NFL season. On Week 17, the Eagles are scheduled to play a home game.

Wouldn’t you rather see the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, a nice niche for it? I understand that Jan. 2 will be a holiday for nearly everyone, but the WC won’t feel the same, will it? It’s not as if NBC carries NFL day games on Sundays and, unless there’s a clause in its NFL package that limits its content, why not keep the WC on Jan. 1 as an alternative, particularly since only a handful of games matter on the last weekend of the NFL’s regular season? Move it back to its afternoon start, which was better anyway.

Peter Luukko, president of Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers’ parent company, said he was waiting for confirmation from the league.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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