The 2023 Winter Classic is back in Boston this season, as the Bruins are set to host the Penguins at Fenway Park for the 14th edition of the New Year’s festivities. This year’s Winter Classic Game will feature a matchup between the Bruins and the Penguins. Boston is taking part in the Winter Classic for the fourth time overall and is hosting it for the third time. The Bruins played each other before in 2010, 2016, and 2019. In their past three contests, the Bruins have won twice, defeating the Flyers in 2010 and the Blackhawks in 2019, but they have also lost twice to the Canadiens.
After taking part in the first tournament in 2008, the Penguins are now taking part in their third Winter Classic. In Pittsburgh, outdoor events will be performed for the first time since 2011. Overall, the Pens have a 1-1-0 record in the Winter Classic, having won the first game against the Sabres in 2008 and the second game against the Capitals in 2011.
Location & Venue of the 2023 Winter Classic
The 2023 Winter Classic will be held in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. For the first time, the NHL is hosting the Winter Classic at the same venue. The Bruins and Flyers played in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park. For the third time, Boston will host the occasion. The Bruins and Canadiens played in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots’ home stadium, in addition to the 2010 edition.
Date & Time of the 2023 Winter Classic
The Winter Classic won’t take place on New Year’s Day this year, unlike most years previous. The match will take place on January 2 rather than December 31, as the holiday falls on a Sunday. The Winter Classic has been moved three times by the NHL when New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.
|Date||Monday, Jan. 2|
|Time||2 p.m. ET|
The Bruins’ success is almost comical.
Apart from the team and the fans, maybe no one is more appreciating the Bruins’ historic regular season than the geniuses who awarded them the 2023 Winter Classic.
People had their doubts about the Bruins before the season even started. In 2021–22, they lost in the opening round, the futures of captain Bergeron and veteran Krejci were in doubt, and there were numerous significant player injuries to be concerned about, including those to Marchand (hip), Charlie McAvoy (shoulder), and Matt Grzelcyk (shoulder).
But Pastrnak more than kept things moving as his injured teammates recovered, Bergeron and Krejci re-signed and are performing at a high level, Linus Ullmark is having a Vezina Trophy-caliber season, and the Bruins are the best team in the NHL with a record of 28-4-3. They are defeating elite teams. They are destroying weaker teams. They appear to be performing each task effortlessly.
Boston is on pace to finish the regular season with a record of 66-9-7, which would be better than the 62-13-7 Detroit Red Wings from 1995–1996 and the best mark in the modern NHL.
How to watch the 2023 Winter Classic
|Country||TV Channel||Live Stream|
|USA||TNT||Sling TV, fuboTV, DirecTV|
- Viewers in the United States may watch the game on TNT, while those in Canada can do so on Sportsnet.
- Streaming options are offered via Sling TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV in the USA. Canadians may also see the action live on SN NOW.