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NHL set to announce Rangers-Flyers Winter Classic next week

The Canadian Press

9/22/2011 3:51:31 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- The NHL is ready to formally announce that the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will take part in this season's Winter Classic.

The league has called a press conference for Monday afternoon, where it will unveil details of the Jan. 2 game between the teams at Citizens Bank Park.

It's the fifth straight year the NHL will hold an outdoor game to kick off the new year -- although the Rangers and Flyers will meet Jan. 2 to avoid going head-to-head with a full schedule of NFL games on Jan. 1.

The teams will also be featured on HBO's "24/7" all-access series, just as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals were last season.

The NHL has no plans of holding an outdoor game in Canada this season.