Winter Classic announcement coming shortly

The NHL will announce this year's Winter Classic game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers later this afternoon in a press conference at Citizens Bank Park

Although it has been common knowledge for quite some time, the league will make it official before the two teams face off in a preseason game tonight.

The annual outdoor game will take place January 2 at Citizens Bank Park; it will be the 5th Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic since the event's inaugural run in Orchard Park, NY between the Penguins and Sabres.

The first-ever NHL regular-season game played outdoors was the NHL Heritage Classic between the Canadiens and Oilers in Edmonton on November 22, 2003.