Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/31/13

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings speaks to the media during a press conference after Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins are the only team to ever win the Winter Classic as hosts, and for the Detroit Red Wings to replicate this success, head coach Mike Babcock wants his team to celebrate on New Year’s Day instead of the night before. “So the home team has won one game. We went through this with our players. They know there’s an opportunity in our schedule for you to have a heck of a New Year’s Eve party on New Year’s Day,” said Babcock at his press conference on Tuesday. “Make a decision, but if you’re counting on your family to do it for you, I don’t like your chances. That’s my theory.” The Red Wings have struggled in December with a 5-7-2 record, making the two points at stake in Wednesday’s Winter Classic matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs even more important. To make sure he’s fully prepared for the game, Babcock will be staying at a hotel — away from the party that will take place at his home on New Year’s Eve. “My wife’s maiden name is Dunham and my kids say, ‘No one parties like a Dunham.’ So you can just imagine at my house tonight,” said Babcock. “That’s why a couple blocks down the road I got myself a hotel room.” This year’s Winter Classic will be the second of Babcock’s career with the Red Wings. He was behind the bench for Detroit’s 6-4 victory over the rival Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in 2009. The Red Wings reached the Stanley Cup Final that same season. Photo of the Day Look out! So this Andrew Luck guy threw me a pass on the sidelines as I was shooting the game today. @indystar http://t.co/Mit3i51oli— Mike Fender (@mikefender) December 29, 2013 Tweet of the Day The Bruins achieved a lot in 2013. As pointed out by @EricTosi tonight is the 110th game for @NHLBruins in calendar year 2013. Their record so far is 68-33-8.— Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) December 31, 2013 Video of the Day A behind-the-scenes look at players’ reactions to teammates being traded. Filed under: NESN Staff, NHL, Sylvania Spotlight, Top Stories, Winter Classic

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