The 6th edition of the Winter Classic might be the best one of all as the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in front over 105,500 fans, this January 1st at 1 PM ET.
“If you haven’t been to a football Saturday here, then you should put it on your bucket list,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday. “It’s the best sporting event. I’ve been to the Olympic Games, the World Series, the Stanley Cup. This is probably the best sporting event I’ve ever been to, bar none.
The Red Wings already played in a Winter Classic, back in 2009 when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4; the Maple Leafs will debut this Wednesday.
“I got chills coming into the building,” Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “You grow up playing on outdoor rinks as a kid. And to be able to come here and obviously with this news being announced, to have my family here it’s going to be a special game to be a part of. …. When there are 110,000 people, it’s going to be an experience I’ll never forget.”
Toronto and Detroit have split the last four meetings in the series, but the last three games have gone under the total, which is a good trend for the Winter Classic matchup.
The Red Wings are the favorites in the NHL moneyline listed -127; meanwhile the Maple Leafs are +115. The expected game total is at 5 goals.