PHILADELPHIA -- Between the active rosters for the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, only 11 players have participated in a previous Winter Classic game.
For the rest, it'll be a new, exciting experience, but as the players and coaches know, two points are at stake -- a fact that's amplified by the current Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings with the Rangers and Flyers separated by two points.
That detail isn't lost on either team. They'll be playing in front of over 45,000 fans on Monday afternoon, dealing with the outdoor elements and having to adjust to intricacies of playing on a hockey rink inside of a baseball stadium.
The Rangers haven't been strangers to distractions this season. Beginning the year with games in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Sweden, then the New York to Hartford commutes of Sean Avery, and now a month of HBO's 24/7 cameras capturing each of their highs and lows leading up to the 2012 Winter Cla...