While calendars are being prepared to be turned to the new year, festive activities such as parades, parties and college football are anticipated in the minds of many. What about some hockey though? While the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings are set to square off at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves caught up in matchup rumors with the Washington Capitals for next year’s battle at the Winter Classic.
Multiple and legitimate sources have broken news that the two teams are set to play each other next year in Washington. Washington has been confirmed as one of the teams set to participate and has been selected as the host as well. However, the NHL has denied that the Flyers will definitely be Washington’s opponent. NHL Commissioner Bill Daly provided some comments to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News. According to Daly, “Neither a venue nor an opponent has been determined at this point. The opponent hasn’t even been discussed in months.”
One could only hope that this is the matchup that’s decided upon. This would make a very intriguing game on many different levels. Some bad blood has been developing over the past few seasons between these two clubs. It’s safe to say that a new rivalry is in the works. With two high powered scoring offenses anchored by superstars like Alex Ovechkin and Claude Giroux, who wouldn’t want to see the two powerhouses go head-to-head?
With the host city definitely determined, an opponent has yet to be decided for Washington. Don’t get your hopes up just yet Flyers fans. The opposition probably won’t be announced for at least a couple of months.