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October 08, 2007
From phenoms to grand experiments: Answers to the essential questions
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October 08, 2007

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From phenoms to grand experiments: Answers to the essential questions

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Where's the roof?

Maybe it won't top the quirky marriage of hype and hypothermia in November 2003--when the NHL's first outdoor game, between the Canadiens and the Oilers in Edmonton, attracted 57,167 fans despite temperatures so cold that beers turned into alcohol slushies--but the Jan.�1 game at Ralph Wilson Stadium outside Buffalo between the Sabres and the Penguins (face-off, 1 p.m.) is a guaranteed success.

? It will boast the presence of Crosby.

? NBC will provide aerial shots from an airplane and as many cameras as it uses at a Stanley Cup final.

? The competing teams play a few hours' drive from each other, and the expected crowd of more than 73,000 will approach the outdoor record set by Michigan and Michigan State at the Cold War at Spartan Stadium in 2001. This is not a one-off extravaganza. The Winter Classic seems destined to be an annual event and, the NHL says, could be played in Boston, Denver, Detroit, New York and the Twin Cities in years to come.

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