Watch the 2012 NHL Winter Classic TV spot “Rivalry” featuring players from the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. The 2012 NHL Winter Classic, between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, will air in the United States on January 2, 2012 at 1PM ET.
These outdoor games are typically games to promote hockey to the United States which is positive for the league. All of the contests have only involved American teams in American cities. It usually is the highest rated game of the regular season in the U.S. It’s good business but it usually makes room for average hockey.