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Wings and Leafs Face off in Winter Classic

Wednesday, 01.1.2014 / 9:30 AM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog
Wings and Leafs Face off in Winter Classic

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Each team is scuffling and desperate for points in the first game of the new year. Each has 45 points and sits in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division as they pass the midway point of the season.

So, despite all the pomp and circumstance that will accompany the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, this game is most importantly about the standings points in play, a topic referenced over and over by the coaching staff of each team.

Yet there is no denying the game will be a spectacle of epic proportions, featuring a potential record-setting crowd, near-perfect conditions (temperatures expected in the teens with light snow), and bold-faced entertainment offerings all presented in front of national TV audiences in the United States and Canada. That is a point Detroit coach Mike Babcock stressed to his players after practice at Michigan Stadium on Tuesday.

"You don't remember everything in life, but you remember moments," Babcock said. "This should be one of those moments you remember."

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch today's 1:00 PM matchup on NBC, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket or AM1270.


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