Even non-Canadians know that hockey fever is very real. And what better way to watch the classic winter sport than to see it played outdoors, in the elements, as it was originally staged.
Thanks to the annual NHL Winter Classic, hockey fans can catch two of the league’s top teams compete in an outdoor forum.
This year, the matchup will take place on Monday, January 2 and feature the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks. The puck drop is at 1:00 pm EST.
Tension is running high since the two teams featured are bitter rivals– with a long-running feud dating back to when the Blues joined the NHL back in 1967. The game itself will be played at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis– the regular home of the St. Louis Cardinals, the city’s MLB team.
The NHL Winter Classic Ice Plant arrived a few weeks ago in a 53-foot tractor trailer, but St. Louis has been preparing for months to host one of the sport’s calendar’s biggest events of the year. Built to withstand “extreme weather conditions,” the ice surface of the Winter Classic rink will be two inches thick– compared to the one inch thickness of typical NHL indoor arenas.
The Blackhawks beat the Blues 6-4 in their last face off in early December, despite St. Louis’ home field advantage. The win also gave the Blackhawks– already first in the Stanley Cup standings– an eight point lead in the Western Conference standings (46-38).
But with an outdoor rink and unpredictable weather conditions, this season’s past games don’t always provide the best barometer.
With regards to unpredictable weather, with an average temperature of around 36.5 degrees, but a potential for inclement weather, Winter Classic attendees will need to bundle up—
Or stay warm and dry inside by live streaming the hockey match instead.
How to Live Stream the 2017 NHL Winter Classic
Tune in on Monday, January 2 at 1:00 pm EST to watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues in the outdoor NHL Winter Classic/
Viewers with a cable login can live stream the match on NBC, while those without cable can live stream everything from the puck drop to the final whistle thanks to Cut Cable Today’s NHL Hockey live stream guide.