WASHINGTON — The Winter Classic is moving south of the Mason-Dixon Line, which means it's time to check the forecast.
"Now what I start to worry about is, I hope it's cold enough, right?" Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said.
Leonsis announced Saturday what previously had been reported: The Capitals will host the annual New Year's Day outdoor game next season.
The Capitals were the visiting team in Pittsburgh for the 2011 Winter Classic, which had its start time moved back several hours because of rain.
"I just hope that we get a cold spell and maybe even some snow," Leonsis said at the Capitals' annual fan convention. The average Jan. 1 high temperature in Washington is 44 degrees. The record high is 69 in 2005.
The opponent and venue for the Jan. 1, 2015, game haven't seen determined. For the site, the league will consider Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and FedEx Field, NHL chief operating officer John Collins said.
Preseason games: The Maple Leafs got the only goal in a 15-round shootout to beat the host Sabres 3-2. The Maple Leafs' David Broll and the Sabres' Cody McCormick each received extra two-minute minors for taking their helmets off to fight. … Cory Schneider made 26 saves as the Devils beat the Islanders 3-0 in the first NHL game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Islanders relocate to the arena in 2015-16. … Boone Jenner's second goal offset Jussi Jokinen's natural hat trick and the Blue Jackets beat the host Penguins 5-3.
Penguins: Backup goalie Tomas Vokoun, who won two playoff series last season after Marc-Andre Fleury was benched, is out indefinitely after having a blood clot in his pelvis dissolved. Vokoun practiced Saturday morning but left after his thigh swelled. Vokoun, 37, was taken to a Pittsburgh emergency room. He was "resting comfortably" and remained hospitalized, general manager Ray Shero said. Vokoun missed time with blood clots during the 2005-06 season, when he was with the Predators.