It’s all systems go for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday (Jan. 1, p.m. , NBC, TVAS, SN).
The weather forecast for South Bend, Indiana, where the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will play outdoors at the iconic home of the Fighting Irish football team, calls for 29 degrees with a 10 percent chance of precipitation on game day.
This will be the NHL’s 12th Winter Classic and 26th regular-season outdoor game.
Here are some other highlights:
- The Bruins will be in their third Winter Classic after hosting the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Fenway Park in 2010 in an overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and at Gillette Stadium in 2016 in a blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
- It is a league-most fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009, took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in 2015, and most recently played the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium in 2017.
- The Bruins and Blackhawks have had 588 regular-season meetings, with Boston holding a 266-239-83 edge. They have met in seven playoff series, five of which the Bruins have won. Most recently, the two clubs met in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013, where Chicago defeated Boston in the series 4-2.
- Chicago and Boston will also play this season Feb. 12…indoors, at TD Garden in Boston.
Here are all the Winter Classic results so far:
2008 Ralph Wilson Stadium Penguins-Sabres 2–1 (SO) 71,217
2009 Wrigley Field Red Wings-Blackhawks 6–4 40,818
2010 Fenway Park Flyers-Bruins 1–2 (OT) 38,112
2011 Heinz Field Capitals-Penguins 3–1 68,111
2012 Citizens Bank Park Rangers-Flyers 3–2 46,967
2013 Michigan Stadium Leafs-Red Wings cancelled (lockout)
2014 Michigan Stadium Leafs-Red Wings 3–2 (SO) 105,491
2015 Nationals Park Blackhawk-Capitals 2–3 42,832
2016 Gillette Stadium Canadiens-Bruins 5–1 67,246
2017 Busch Stadium Blackhawks-Blues 1–4 46,556
2018 Citi Field Rangers-Sabres 3–2 (OT) 41,821