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A very cold Winter Classic?

The Winter Classic is going to be huge this season, with the Maple Leafs and Red Wings suiting up to play in Michigan's Big House. It might also be a bit chilly, as game-time forecasts predict the temperature in the teens in addition to some light snow. It's unlikely to derail things too much, but if it does snow, it'll be interesting to see how the players deal with this extra element. It'll certainly keep the Zamboni machines working overtime. We also can't help but think of the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey, where cold temperatures and an open stadium could provide a strange experience for both teams.

Which team will win the Winter Classic in Michigan Stadium?

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  • Would you sit outside to watch a sporting event where the temperature was in the teens?

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  • How will the Winter Classic be affected if it snows during the game?

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  • How does your interest level in the NHL's Winter Classic games compare to when they started in 2008?

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Aren't Game 7s grand? Sure, you've got similar stakes in, say, the final match of a five-game series, but there's something about Game 7s that excites fans and causes sportswriters to break out the purple prose. Hockey fans are spoiled for choice tonight, as both the Rangers-Capitals and Bruins-Maple Leafs series are tied at three games apiece. Hockey Game 7s have a different tenor than those from other sports -- they seem more like wars of attrition than the titanic personality clashes of the NBA playoffs, or the nervy percentage plays that make up baseball's postseason -- but they're all a blast to watch.


Rangers or Capitals?

The Capitals would seem to have the advantage in this matchup, as the home team has won in every game in this series.

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Bruins or Maple Leafs?

This series returns to Boston for Game 7, although the normal home-ice advantage seems to have been blunted, as both teams have been able to take games on the road.

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Which team will win Game 7 of the Bruins-Maple Leafs first-round playoff series in Boston?

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