NHL Winter Classic 2012: 10 Fights We Could Potentially See on Game Day

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: 10 Fights We Could Potentially See on Game Day
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Like it or not, fighting is a part of the NHL (at least for now, but that could change within a couple of years), and even during special or significant games, specifically the Winter Classic, fighting still occurs.

Two out of the four NHL Winter Classic games have included fights: Bruins-Flyers in 2010 and Penguins-Capitals in 2011. 

The more meaningful and historic the rivalry is between the two clubs, the more likely that physicality will be prevalent in their meeting.

With the Philadelphia Flyers facing off against their longtime division rivals, the New York Rangers, in this year's outdoor game, it's almost guaranteed that the mitts will drop at some point.

New York leads the league in fights; Philadelphia ranks fourth in that category.  The two teams have met twice so far this season and have combined for 72 minutes of penalties, including eight fighting majors.

Taking into account those figures, and the fact that these teams have a mutual hatred for each other, the odds of this Jan. 2 affair being an intense and chippy battle are great, and the chance of a scrap or two manifesting seems imminent.

These are the 10 most likely partners to square off in this nostalgic pond hockey showdown.

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