2012 NHL Winter Classic Schedule, Game Time And More

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Winter Classic: Alumni Game Pushed Back Due To 3 P.M.

Two days before the Philadelphia Flyers meet the New York Rangers in Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, for the NHL's annual Winter Classic outdoor game, famous almuni from both teams will face each other in the alumni game. Players that are to be featured include Eric Lindros and Mark Messier and should be a fun show to start off a very important game for both the Flyers and the Rangers as they'll be fighting for first place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division.

The alumni game will be getting off to a late start on Saturday, though, as the game has been pushed back from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET due to warm weather that has created "soft ice."

The NHL was fortunate in the first three Winter Classic games as they got perfect "hockey weather" in Buffalo, Chicago and in Boston. Last year's game in Pittsburgh had to be pushed back to avoid rain. Weather forecasts are predicting a cold front to come into the area on Sunday night which should help the actual game itself start on time.

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2012 NHL Winter Classic Schedule, Game Time And More

The 2012 Winter Classic is right around the corner, with the festivities scheduled to begin on Saturday with an alumni game that precedes the main event: a regular season meeting between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

The alumni game, which will be televised on Versus at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31, pits famous alumni from both franchises.

Participating in the alumni game for the Flyers will be Jeremy Roenick, Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mark Howe, among others, and the crew will be coached by Pat Quinn. The Rangers will be coached by Mike Keenan, who led the organization to its first championship in more than 54 years in 1993-94. Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney and Mike Gartner are all expected to skate in the game.

The alumni game will foreshadow the actual game, which boasts two of the Eastern Conference's top teams.

Game Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ET

Location: Citizen's Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.

TV: NBC (National), CBC (Canada)

For continued updates and analysis of both these teams, visit the Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey and the Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter.

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