Sarah Cwiek http://mtpr.org en Icing On The Puck: Hockey Fans And The NHL Winter Classic http://mtpr.org/post/icing-puck-hockey-fans-and-nhl-winter-classic The Detroit Red Wings are kind of playing a home game on New Year's Day — even if it'll be played about 40 miles west of their home ice in downtown Detroit.<p>Mike Babcock, the Red Wings head coach, told the NHL Network that might not be such a good thing, because home teams haven't fared so well in prior Winter Classics.<p>"The reason the home team doesn't have much success is there's probably a New Year's Eve party going on in everybody's house," he said. "So you gotta decide whether that's more important, or the game's more important."<p>There's much nostalgia surrounding outdoor hockey. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13089 at http://mtpr.org Icing On The Puck: Hockey Fans And The NHL Winter Classic