Ever since the NHL Winter Classic was introduced in 2008, it has been one of the most popular regular season events in all of professional sports. Designed after the Heritage Classic, the Winter Classic has been played on New Year's Day with high regards. Although the Classic has only been played four times, it has only featured USA based teams, while the Heritage Classic features Canadian teams.
With the growing success and popularity of the NHL Winter Classics, more and more fans want to see their team honored in the outdoor game. The teams already featured have been the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008, the Blackhawks and Red Wings in 2009, the Bruins and Flyers in 2010, and the Penguins and Capitals in 2011.
The 2012 NHL Winter Classic will feature the Flyers and the Rangers. Let's take a look at some potentially fun matchups for an future Winter Classic.