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Report: Winter Classic announcement coming next week

When the NHL announced the 2011-12 schedule in June, one game was surprisingly not marked on the schedule despite numerous reports spelling out the plans for it: the Winter Classic.

But, the league is expected to formally announce next week that the Jan. 2 game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will be the 2012 Winter Classic, a source told the Daily News.

A league source confirmed to ESPN.com that the outdoor game will be held at Citizens Bank Park at 1 p.m.

The previous four Winter Classics were played on Jan. 1, but the NHL pushed this year's game back a day so it would not conflict with the NFL.