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The 2012 Winter Classic

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With the 2011 Winter Classic quickly approaching and the 2012 teams being announced in the next few months, I thought it would be fun to try and predict which teams they are going to select.

In my opinion, I think that the Rangers are a lock for it. I also think that they are going to still leave the Canadian teams out of it.

My guesses are:

Rangers vs. Blues

Rangers vs. Islanders

Rangers vs. Detroit

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With the 2011 Winter Classic quickly approaching and the 2012 teams being announced in the next few months, I thought it would be fun to try and predict which teams they are going to select.

In my opinion, I think that the Rangers are a lock for it. I also think that they are going to still leave the Canadian teams out of it.

My guesses are:

Rangers vs. Blues

Rangers vs. Islanders

Rangers vs. Detroit

Hmm.. Is there any reason you think the Rangers are a lock for it? Or just a feeling?

I do agree that they likely keep Canadian teams out since they may contginue with the Heritage classic thing in Feb.

I could however see Rangers/Islanders or Rangers/Devils. I definitely think its better for them to put division rivals against each other in these to make it a bit more interesting and take the exhibition feel out of it.

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Crosby vs. AIDS

I am not even breathing right now. That was SO funny!!! :hysterical:

I was gonna say Pittsburgh and somebody. I can tell we're all on the same page. I'd like to see the Rangers though, that'd be cool.

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Toronto vs St. Louis

Toronto vs NY Rangers

NY Rangers vs NY Islanders

Toronto vs Boston

NY Rangers vs Boston

Ottawa vs NY Rangers

Hartford vs Quebec City

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Penguins vs. Penguins

Crosby will be cloned over the off-season so that he can captain both teams.

You know, I was thinking something interesting yesterday. What would the league do if Crosby got injured before the Winter Classic?

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I want to see an original 6 matchup. Right now I don't think any rivalries match the intensity of those.

Since the league seems to hate advertising Canadian teams, we won't see a Toronto/Montreal vs. Detroit, sadly.

I'd love to see NYR take on Detroit as well.

But who are we kidding? Only the Pens get repeat appearances.

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The Comerica Park idea is nice.

Here's who I'd kind of like as opponents:

Worshington - Battle of skills

Philadelphia - Battle of wills/styles

St. Louis - Who knows how good their record would be if they still had Oshie? I imagine them as even better than they are this year. It's a rivalry kind of game for sure and it would be quite the battle for points.

Vancouver - Euro Twins versus Sedin Twins always entertaining as far as skill and competitiveness goes.

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I think the League needs to go to 2 west teams again. The last two games have been east teams so I'm thinking something along the lines of Maybe LA, Minnasota, or Colorado. I think one of those 3 all have a great chance of being involved. Out of all the east teams I can think of many others besides the Rangers that would be involved without having to repeats and I think that it will really start to piss GM's and Owners off if it goes to the east again with another team getting a second shot.

It should be two west teams and the NHL will piss a lot of people off if it doesn't go out west, and Yes keep Canada out of it, they have there Heritage game.

crash

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While I don't expect it, it would not shock me and I will be doing plenty of forehead smacks if Pittsburgh is even considered again.

New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils or New York Islanders

Done.

(Yes, I get that the Devils and Islanders don't exactly bring in the ratings, I'm leaning more towards the rivalry aspect)

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Penguins vs Panthers Landshark Stadium

Penguins vs Thrashers UGA Stadium/Bobby Dodd Stadium/Turner Field

Penguins vs Predators LP Field

Penguins vs Blues Busch Stadium

Penguins vs Kings LA Coliseum

Penguins vs Blackhawks Soldier Field

Penguins vs Hurricanes Carter Finley Stadium

on a serious note

Rangers-Islanders Yankees Stadium

Rangers-Red Wings Meadowlands

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I'd call NJ and NYI longshots considering the state of their team. They won't go back to one of the Capitals or Penguins for a 2nd straight year. Won't be Canadian teams. Chicago or Detroit, while good teams to feature, have both recently been in one which decreases the likelihood; same goes for Boston and Philadelphia.

Minnesota, while deserving, aren't good enough at the moment. Colorado is a viable option, but they still have to prove themselves a bit. I could see Carolina get consideration if they make the playoffs this year and look good going forward.

That said, my money is on Los Angeles @ New York Rangers. Makes the most sense IMO: LA is an up and coming team, NY is a decent team, and it features the two largest US markets.

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i've read some great ideas....but crosby vs. AIDS ...props to drumshanbo ...you got my vote :thumbup:

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