- The view from the Heinz Field press box. (Photo: TBD Staff)
Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Capitals held a full outdoor practice at the Chevy Chase Country Club. After a normal practice this morning, attended by an estimated 1,500 fans at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the team was scheduled to depart this afternoon to Pittsburgh ahead of Saturday's much-anticipated game against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (1 p.m., NBC).
In a few hours, I too will be on the road to Pittsburgh for this spectacular event, and I will be bringing you coverage of all the buildup, action, and reaction from Friday and Saturday right here on the Chamberlain blog at TBD.com.
Tomorrow's events kick off bright and early at 9:30 a.m. with the Winter Classic Alumni Game, which will feature legendary formers Penguin Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier, and Ron Francis and include former Capitals Petr Bondra, Yvon Labre, current Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason, and current Comcast SportsNet analysts Alan May and Craig Laughlin.
The alumni game will be followed by practices for the two teams. The Penguins will skate first, at 11:30, followed by the Capitals at 2:00 p.m. Fans can also watch the two practices live on the NHL Network.
On the day itself, NHL Network will be on the air with its pregame show live from Heinz Field at 11:00 a.m. before NBC takes over game coverage at 1:00 p.m. Following the game, at 4:00 p.m., swing back over to the NHL Network for postgame coverage.
In addition, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter (@SChamberlainTBD), as I'll be using that platform to provide up to the minute coverage of all the events leading up to the big moment, as well as keeping an eye on the weather should things turn dicey.
Have a Happy New Year from all of us at TBD, and remember, for the best coverage of the Winter Classic and the Capitals, lock it in: TBD.com.