Barring a substantial move by the league or the players association, the NHL is expected to cancel the Winter Classic today as the lockout hits its 48th day. The move has been speculated for weeks, pegged partly to logistics. The league's payment plan for using Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, where the Red Wings were scheduled to play the Maple Leafs on Jan. 1, calls for $250,000 to be paid to the school today. Also, production for HBO's version of its 24/7 reality series chronicling the event and its buildup usually begins in early November.
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