Report: Flyers-Rangers Winter Classic in Philly to happen on January 2

Courtesy of NHL.com

Multiple media reports in Philadelphia, New York and Canada are reporting the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic.

According to the reports, the game will be played Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

If the reports are accurate, it would be the first time the game has been played on a day other than Jan. 1. However, New Year’s Day next year falls on a Sunday. If the NFL plays this season — that league currently has locked out its players — it would coincide with the final week of the regular season.

The game being played at a baseball stadium could be due to the NFL schedule. If the season is played, the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to play the Washington Redskins on Jan. 1 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

The Flyers’ inclusion in the game would mark their second Classic. The team played the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Classic at Fenway Park.

It would the Rangers’ debut in the League’s outdoor game.