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HBO 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic - Episode 1 Review

Saturday night marked the first entry in the popular HBO series "24/7," this year between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings as they gear up for the NHL Winter Classic.

Some look forward to the series more than the game itself as it provides plenty of uncensored behind the scenes footage. Essentially viewers are treated with a barrage of F-bombs and an inside look at the life of the average hockey player.

The first episode, which aired last night at 10 p.m., delivered on the use profanity and a few interesting, if not quirky, characteristics of some players. But let's start with the not-so-good:

The Red Wing...

Penn State Expressed Interest In A Winter Classic Between Penguins, Flyers

Ever since the Winter Classic was introduced in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins beating the Buffalo Sabres in a blizzard, fans in the Tri State area have fantasized about a match-up between the Flyers and Penguins in the most perfect setting.

That fantasy setting is Happy Valley and it may become a reality in the near future.

Penn State officials confirmed with WJACTV that the school is seriously considering an outdoor game to host an NHL team, or at least their own Nittany Lions in Big Ten action.

Ever since Penn State's hockey team became a Division 1 sports, hockey has exploded in Happy Valley. They played Neumann College on January 4, 2012, losing 6-3.

It has become the most recent catalyst in getting a Flyers/Penguins game at Beaver Stadium.

(Photo by Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News)

The Annual Danglers Winter Classic

At this very moment, the ice of the outdoor rink is glimmering in the sunlight in anticipation of its annual Winter Classic that will take place this evening. Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League may have canceled the NHL Winter Classic that was to be played between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, but that's not stopping a talented group of hockey players from getting together for the annual Danglers Winter Classic.

The Danglers are a men's league hockey team that I started years ago in order to keep my friends and I together on the ice. High school was over, and many of us were going away to college or starting to work full-time. Every summer, the Danglers were put together through the Midnight Hockey League on Long Island and have continued to go strong for five years.

Offseason Stories

From an expiring CBA, to the Winter Classic, Parise and Suter, the major offseason stories that will effect Hockeytown.

St. Louis as a Possible Winter Classic Venue?

The NHL announced today that next year's Winter Classic will be an Original Six meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium. 'The Big House', as it is commonly referred, to can hold around 110, 000 people.

 

Is it too far of a stretch to consider that the St. Louis Blues could be hosting an upcoming Winter Classic? Although there are many factors to consider, we will take a quick glance on whether placing the game in Missouri would work out and could become a feasible option.

 

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Wings Link Checks 01/13/12

The Detroit Red Wings are in a three way battle for first spot in the Western Conference with the slumping Chicago Blackhawks and the surging St. Louis Blues. The Wings played three games this week; a 3-2 overtime win in Chicago, a 5-1 loss to the Islanders and a 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix in Hockeytown. Here are some interesting stories from The Checking Line and elsewhere about your favourite team.

From The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition:

Kyle Busch tells you why Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk are All Stars but Nicklas Lidstrom was left out

Rachel Bellono's recap of yesterday's 3-2 win over Phoenix, Howard's 100th career win and her thoughts on a...

24/7 finale; A Tale of Two Cities

On Thursday night, HBO concluded their 24/7 series profiling the road to the Winter Classic for the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

Over the last four weeks, the show has offered fans a unique view into the lives of the two teams that otherwise never could have been seen.

The series finale took a symmetrical look at the two teams. In both a literal and figurative sense, it was a tale of two cities.

Now Hiring; How to Replace Jagr

As if losing a two-goal lead in Monday’s Winter Classic wasn’t enough, the Philadelphia Flyers also lost one of their top scorers for at least the near future.

On Tuesday afternoon, general manager Paul Holmgren announced that Jaromir Jagr will be out 7-10 days with a groin strain. Jagr appeared to aggravate the injury during the second period of Monday’s game when he aggressively drove to the New York goal.

With Jagr out, several scenarios begin to surface. Not only will the team need to fill the opening left by the star forward on the top line, but it also opens up the opportunity for other players to earn some extra ice time with elevated play.

Flyers Blow Two-Goal Lead, Lose Winter Classic to Rangers

As Claude Giroux’s beautiful backhanded flip went over the shoulder of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Philadelphia’s Winter Classic seemed like it would be a total success. The Flyers had taken a 2-0 lead on Giroux’s team-high 18th goal in front of their home fans. In Citizens Bank Park, the majority of almost 47,000 people were ecstatic.

With just 5:39 remaining in the second period, the Flyers were in the driver’s seat to victory.

Instead, they let the Rangers sit behind the wheel for the last 35 minutes en route to a 3-2 New York victory.

Mike Rupp scored his second goal of the season just 30 seconds after Giroux’s pretty tally which brought New York within a goal after two periods. A little under three minutes into the third period, Rupp doubled his season goal total and tied the game at 2-2.

Flyers / Rangers: Classic Matchup For First

The Philadelphia Flyers (22-10-4) and the New York Rangers (23-9-4) will meet today at Citizen's Bank Park and take part in the fifth annual Bridgestone Winter Classic.

Although the rivalry between the Flyers and Rangers is a familiar one, the confines in which this game will be played is not. There will be some factors in this game that can not be game planned for, one of which is the wind.