January 1, 2009 – Wrigley Field, Chicago – Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Detroit Red Wings – are you ready for some outdoor NHL hockey action, Wrigleyville-style?
The 2nd annual Winter Classic is fast-approaching. The game is already sold out, with the attendance expected to be right around 41,000 crazed (and cold) NHL hockey fans. The Blackhawks and Red Wings are 2 of the Original Six hockey teams and the Winter Classic game will be the 701st match-up between the 2 teams. No other NHL teams have played more games against each other. The Red Wings have won both meetings between the clubs this year – both shootout victories and the teams have combined for a total of 20 goals in the 2 games. We should expect another high-scoring, exciting game between the 2 teams, but with the ice being different outside and with the unpredictable weather-element, that could all change quickly.
In the January 1, 2008 Winter Classic, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in a shootout. Penguins’ rookie super star Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal. 71,217 crazy fans sat in a snow storm to take in the inaugural Winter Classic at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The City of Chicago is gearing up for the Winter Classic. Wrigleyville area bars and restaurants, usually known for their pre- and post-game Cubs celebrations during the hot summer will be able to show off their winter beer selections and food menus. The January 1, 2009 Winter Classic is sure to be a memorable at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field!