The Winter Classic: 10 Very Bold Predicitions

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The Winter Classic: 10 Very Bold Predicitions
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

OK, OK, you’re tired of hearing about Crosby versus Ovechkin. Every hockey fan not a Caps or Pens fan has emailed me or commented how tired they are of hearing about them and the Winter Classic.

I get it, I really do, and even as a Capitals fan I must agree.These two teams and players are way over-hyped. With just one Stanley Cup between them in 10 combined years, I see your points.

However, if you're a true hockey purist, you are still looking forward to the New Year's Day matchup. I know you are, and it's OK not to admit that to anyone.

Even HBO has jumped in with its show 24/7 Capitals-Penguins (no way I will ever put the Penguins first, and I don't care how HBO has it on its ads) coverage leading up to the Winter Classic.

Thanks to HBO we know that the Pittsburgh Penguins have a few quirks, Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury must sit next to one another on an airplane ride and hockey players get rated higher for fighting. Head coach Dan Bylsma grades your play higher for dropping the gloves.

I also didn't realize that hotel furniture could be moved in and out of rooms with relative ease, and that had to be the biggest hotel elevator lobby area on any sixth floor I have ever seen.

One more thing I learned about Pittsburgh: None of the members on the Penguins will ever be mistaken for a member of the rock band ZZ Top. Let’s just say that team members are lucky Bylsma doesn’t include growing facial hair as a grade in their performance. 

The Capitals have a few issues of their own. Apparently Alex Ovechkin thinks getting hit with a hockey stick in the back of the head shouldn't cause a cut. He attributes the bleeding to a lack of tough skin: "Maybe he has sensitive skin, no."

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau's grasp of the English language is limited to words that end in "uck." One is puck, and you can figure out the other word.

Lastly, it's obvious to me that Mike Green isn't a sissy after all. His tattoos on the back of his arm are some of the most painful tattoos a person can get.

Like it or not, hockey fans outside of Washington and Pittsburgh, the Caps-Pens rivalry is the best in the NHL since Colorado and Detroit in the late '90s and early 2000s. Crosby and Ovechkin are the two best players in the world, and the NHL got it right this year by bringing Pittsburgh back for a second Winter Classic game.

Here are 10 bold and probably not so accurate predictions for this year’s Winter Classic. I do have to add one warning: If you’re looking for an in-depth breakdown of this game, this is not your article or slideshow.

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