PHILADELPHIA — Cold, wind, ice are on deck for the fifth edition of the outdoors Winter Classic, today between the Flyers and Rangers at the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park.
The game's start was pushed back two hours Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 (Ch. 8), because of a revised weather forecast. The forecast is partly cloudy and windy with a high temperature of 41 and a 20 percent chance of rain.
Last year's game between the Penguins and Capitals at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field was moved from afternoon to night because of rain. Rain still fell throughout the game, which brought criticism for the playing conditions.
"It's going to feel different to be out there," Rangers and former Lightning center Brad Richards said. "It'll be, look around for a little bit, but you don't want to get clocked, so you can't look too much."
A bigger topic was who would start in goal for the Flyers. Before any news came from coach Peter Laviolette, slumping Ilya Bryzgalov — signed to a nine-year, $51 million contract in June to be the goalie who leads the Flyers to the Stanley Cup — said Sergei Bobrovsky would start, based on what goalie coach Jeff Reese told him.
"I have great news and even better news. Great news, I'm not playing tomorrow night. Good news, we have a chance to win the game tomorrow night," said Bryzgalov, 14-8 with a 3.01 goals-against average and who has allowed five, four and five goals in three of his past four starts..
Laviolette refused to name his starter after he was told what Bryzgalov said. But the Flyers later confirmed it would be Bobrovsky.
Around the league: Panthers wing Krys Barch is being investigated by the league for his ejection for saying a racial slur against the Canadiens on Saturday, the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. A linesman heard Barch's exchange with Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, who is black, the newspapers said. Barch was given a game misconduct. Subban said he didn't hear anything. Barch's agent, Scott Norton, told the Herald his client did say something but it "didn't have any racial undertones, nor was a slur." … Blues defenseman Ian Cole was suspended for three games for a check to the head of Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on Saturday.
First Period—1, Calgary, Iginla 15 (Jokinen, Glencross), 3:47. 2, Nashville, Klein 2 (Spaling, Tootoo), 12:39. 3, Nashville, Kostitsyn 6 (Fisher, Hornqvist), 15:06. Penalties—Spaling, Nas (tripping), 10:12.
Second Period—4, Nashville, Halischuk 9 (Tootoo, Hillen), 2:27. 5, Nashville, Kostitsyn 7 (Hornqvist, Smithson), 5:59. Penalties—Calgary bench, served by Jackman (too many men), 11:59.
Third Period—6, Calgary, R.Bourque 13 (Stempniak, Comeau), 1:17. 7, Calgary, Morrison 4 (Brodie, Byron), 17:57. 8, Nashville, Kostitsyn 8 (Klein), 19:30 (en). Penalties—Kostopoulos, Cal (interference), 1:56; Byron, Cal (roughing), 4:42; Hornqvist, Nas (high-sticking), 5:13. Shots on Goal—Calgary 9-4-7—20. Nashville 7-15-5—27. Power-play opportunities—Calgary 0 of 2; Nashville 0 of 3. Goalies—Calgary, Kiprusoff 17-13-2 (26 shots-22 saves). Nashville, Rinne 19-10-4 (20-17).