The scene in Michigan. Graig Abel/NHL.com
They announced a crowd of 105,000 fans in attendance at the January 1 outdoor NHL game in Michigan between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs — the Winter Classic is the brand name of the event. It was cold and snowing — just they way they like it back there. Tickets have not been selling so briskly for the Jan. 25 game at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and Ducks, which will have none of the pond hockey associations that the players and fans seem to enjoy. Ticket prices set by the NHL have been dropped in recent days to juice up sales, but the cost of a ticket is still pretty high. The Kings said today that a "limited number" of tickets remain for sale on Ticketmaster.
Also today the NHL announced that KISS would perform before the game and during the first intermission between periods. "Los Angeles is the premier hub for sports and entertainment in this country and we are honored to be part of an event that fuses both by rocking the first-ever outdoor NHL game in LA," the band's Gene Simmons said in the flack age. The game will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time on NBCSN (and on CBC and RDS2 in Canada.)
For what it's worth, the Ducks are tied for the top spot in the league so far this season. The Kings rank seventh overall, third in the Pacific division.