NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Keys to a Philadelphia Flyers Win

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Keys to a Philadelphia Flyers Win
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The Winter Classic is taking North America by storm.

The 24/7 HBO series exacerbates the drama going into the game.

All the chatter of an outdoor regular season NHL game has me, like a lot of other people, not even worried about the NFL playoffs about to start. Who is in the playoffs, anyway?

Oh well, moving right along. According to some writers, winning this game punches the victor's ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals in June.

I beg to differ, considering how the Philadelphia Flyers themselves got within two games of a championship in 2010 after a historic playoff run and a Winter Classic defeat.

Sure, first place in the conference could be on the line come Jan. 2. Tell me something—how well do all these top-seeded Eastern Conference teams fare in the postseason?

If you need the Flyers to win this glorified outdoor game, for which Lord in heaven only knows what the weather will be come that day, then allow me to present the five keys to a Flyers victory.

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