The 2014 Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings is finally here. Delayed an entire year due to the NHL players strike, the Leafs and Wings will hit the ice in Ann Arbor, Michigan today in front of what should be the largest crowd to view a NHL game in hockey history.
According to a NHL.com report on Dec. 31, Jonathan Bernier confirmed Tuesday that he will be the starting goaltender for Toronto, but joked to the media that he didn’t want to talk about it until head coach Randy Carlyle left the press conference.
"Let's wait until Randy leaves," Bernier said laughing. "Yeah, I found out before practice so obviously it's great. It's great that he gave me the nod and being part of this whole history, it's pretty amazing."
Bernier will be making his fourth straight start for the first time in his NHL career.
This game will have a playoff feel to it not just because of the big crowd, but with the season nearing the second half point, the Wings and Leafs are currently tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Division and every point is becoming more and more important.
Yesterday fans were treated to two different alumni games at Comerica Park and fans left the stadium elated. The Wings swept the Leafs in the 2 game match-up and seeing legends like Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios hit the ice for Detroit brought the crowd to a standing ovation in the zero degree temperatures.
Last night was for fun, today the game counts!
Vegas odds makers have Detroit as a slight favorite at -140 and the over/under number set at 5.5.
The puck is scheduled to drop just after 1 p.m. EST today and the game can be seen on NBC, CBC, and streaming live on NBC Sports Network.
Here are the game facts as these two original six teams look to make NHL history today.
- Who: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
- What: 2014 Winter Classic
- When: Jan.1, 1:00 p.m. EST
- TV: NBC National, CBC Canada
- Live Stream: NBC Sports