Hockey fans can watch the 2014 NHL Winter Classic live online and catch all the outdoor action between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The game this year represents a re-match of sorts, as these teams were scheduled to meet on New Year’s Day in 2013 before the strike wiped out the first half of the NHL season. The 2014 Winter Classic will end up being a bit more meaningful, as a re-shuffling of the divisions now has Detroit moved over to the Eastern Conference, where they are now divisional rivals with the Maple Leafs.
The game will be broadcast on NBC at 1 pm EST, but fans can also watch the 2014 NHL Winter Classic live online thanks to the network opening the game up for fans.
Those who do check out the game live online will get to see what promises to be the biggest Winter Classic yet, in more ways than one. With the game taking place in the University of Michigan’s football stadium — nicknamed “The Big House” for good reason — attendance is expected to top 100,000 fans.
The annual hockey showcase has also drawn in more and more fans each year. NBC Sports has turned in five of the six most-watched NHL regular season games in the past 38 years, and experts think this year could top the record 4.5 million viewers who tuned in for the 2011 game.
Fans who watch the 2014 NHL Winter Classic live online may get an idyllic hockey experience, with light snowfall forecast for the area.
“It’s going to be even better with a few snowflakes floating through the air to create a perfect backdrop for the greatest game on earth,” NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said.
Other players who have had a chance to take part in the Winter Classic have noted the great energy these frigid games bring.
“It was a great idea to get outside and play in front of a lot of people. You feel the energy. You feel the excitement,” Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said. “It builds some hype and you get to have that kind of football moment where there’s a lead up, people talk about it a lot before you play the game and people kind of make an event out of it rather just showing up in time for the drop of the puck. They are showing up tailgating, having some fun and it really picks up the energy and makes people feel good about hockey.”
Those who aren’t able to make it to a television or would rather watch from the comfort of their computers can watch the 2014 NHL Winter Classic live online by clicking here. Fans can also stream the game live with the NBC Sports app for Apple and Android devices.