NHL Winter Classic 2023: Penguins vs. Bruins at Fenway Park

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust (17) brings the puck past Boston Bruins' Hampus Lindholm (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Pittsburgh.
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Rachael Millanta @rachaelmillanta Dec 06, 2022, 12:26 PM
  • The 2023 NHL Winter Classic will be held on Monday, January 2, 2023.
  • The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins will face off at Fenway Park.
  • This will be the 14th Winter Classic to be played, and the second at Fenway Park.

With the New Year approaching, hockey fans have more than just the holidays to look forward to. One of the most exciting events on the NHL calendar, the Winter Classic, will be held on Monday, Jan. 2, at the historic Fenway Park in Boston. 

This will be the 14th Winter Classic held in NHL history, with this year’s event seeing the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Boston Bruins.

For those unfamiliar, the Winter Classic is an annual regular-season hockey game played at an outdoor football or baseball stadium in an area with a resident NHL team. It is one of the season’s premier events, with every NHL team having requested to participate either as a host team or opponent.

NHL Winter Classic History

YEARVENUEHOME TEAMVISITING TEAM
2008Ralph Wilson StadiumBuffalo SabresPittsburgh Penguins
2009Wrigley FieldChicago BlackhawksDetroit Red Wings
2010Fenway ParkBoston BruinsPhiladelphia Flyers
2011Heinz FieldPittsburgh PenguinsWashington Capitals
2012Citizens Bank ParkPhiladelphia FlyersNew York Rangers
2014Michigan StadiumDetroit Red WingsToronto Maple Leafs
2015Nationals ParkWashington CapitalsChicago Blackhawks
2016Gillette StadiumBoston BruinsMontreal Canadiens
2017Busch StadiumSt. Louis BluesChicago Blackhawks
2018Citi FieldBuffalo SabresNew York Rangers
2019Notre Dame StadiumChicago BlackhawksBoston Bruins
2020Cotton BowlDallas StarsNashville Predators
2022Target FieldMinnesota WildSt. Louis Blues

The first NHL Winter Classic was held on Jan. 1, 2008, at Ralph Wilson Stadium (now Highmark Stadium) in Orchard Park, New York. The Buffalo Sabres took on the Pittsburgh Penguins with a then-NHL-record crowd of 71,217 fans in attendance. 

Thirteen Winter Classics have been held as of January 2022. The 2013 event was postponed due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, and the 2021 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This will be the Penguins’ third time participating in the event and the Bruins’ fourth. The Bruins are currently tied with the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues for the most Winter Classic wins, with each team having won twice. 

When Is the 2023 NHL Winter Classic?

The 2023 Winter Classic will be held on Monday, Jan. 2, at Fenway Park in Boston. Although the event is usually scheduled on New Years’ Day each year, the 2023 event was moved to Jan. 2 since Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday.

2023 NHL Winter Classic Prediction

I predict the Boston Bruins will win the Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and I don’t think it will be close. 

As of Dec. 6, the Bruins are leading the league with a record of 20-3-1, while the Penguins are 11th at 13-8-4. While Pittsburgh is still very much in the playoff race this season, I don’t think Boston will have any issues putting them in their place at Fenway Park.

The Bruins and Penguins have already faced off once this season, with Boston winning 6-5 in overtime on Nov. 1 at PPG Paints Arena. As of Dec. 6, the online sportsbook has the Bruins with Stanley Cup odds of +650, while the Penguins are +2200. 

I certainly wouldn’t count out seeing both teams in the playoffs this season, but at this stage, the Bruins are playing a much stronger game on the ice.

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Rachael Millanta

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Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.