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NHL set to formally announce Rangers-Flyers Winter Classic next week

PHILADELPHIA - The NHL is ready to formally announce that the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will take part in this season's Winter Classic.

The league has called a press conference for Monday afternoon, where it will unveil details of the Jan. 2 game between the teams at Citizens Bank Park.

It's the fifth straight year the NHL will hold an outdoor game to kick off the new year—although the Rangers and Flyers will meet Jan. 2 to avoid going head-to-head with a full schedule of NFL games on Jan. 1.

The teams will also be featured on HBO's "24/7" all-access series, just as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals were last season.

The NHL has no plans of holding an outdoor game in Canada this season.

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