Sunday, January 1, 2012

Winter Classic Update

Gainer here with an update!

The NHL announced a time change for tomorrow's Winter Classic.  It is now at 3pm, pushed back from 1pm. The NHL believes this will be more ideal conditions to play in.  This also happened last year between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins when their game got moved to 8pm.

In other news, the Flyers have officially announced Ilya Bryzgalov will NOT start in goal and their 2nd year back-up, Sergei Bobrovsky, will be the starter.  After the huge free agent contract and being the current star of the 24/7 series on HBO, this move may perplex many including Bryzgalov himself.  While technically this game is just another regular season game between two Atlantic Division rivals, one cannot argue its significance on a national level.  Even larger than the Stanley Cup Finals to most casual sports fans, the Winter Classic is the marquee game of the NHL each of the past several seasons.  Hopefully Coach Laviolette does not regret this decision.  However, it further reinforces my pick of the Rangers.  "Bob" is also known to falter a bit in big games including last year's playoff run.  This goalie situation will be one to watch down the road even after this game...