New York Rangers News: Winter Classic Official, Tonight's Game and Marc Staal Update

NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 23: Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Today officially marks the day where we can "finally" say the Rangers will participate in 2012 Winter Classic. Although most of knew about these details for months on end. Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik were in attendance along with Glen Sather and John Tortorella at the press conference. We found out the official first episode of HBO's 24/7 will debut on December 14th, at 10:00 PM.

It just wouldn't be a Winter Classic without an alumni game, which will take place on December 31st at 1:00 PM. Although the players weren't announced, it should be an interesting game to see amongst the legends. The official time for the Winter Classic will be at 1:00 PM, and can be viewed on NBC, CBC, and RDS networks.

Although there were no jerseys released at the press conference, as earlier released, the Rangers logo was on display. You can take a look at the Rangers Winter Classic logo here.

Follow after the jump for news for tonight's game and Marc Staal news.

Tonight the Rangers will face-off against the Flyers, and there was some updates news coming from the Rangers. Wojtek Wolski will be sitting out tonight's game, because of a sore groin. Carl Hagelin will be in place of Wolksi, and gives him another shot to shine.

The line-up for tonight is as follows:

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Defense: Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonaghMike Sauer, Stu Bickel, Tim Erixon
Forwards: Sean Avery, Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle, Dale Weise, Andre Deveaux, John Mitchell, Mats Zuccarello, Erik Christensen, Artem Anisimov, Andreas Thuresson, Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin.

Along with all that, Marc Staal's situation took a positive turn today as well. Glen Sather stated that Marc Staal may not have a concussion, but they are not ruling it out. Staal may also join the Rangers on their European swing this coming Thursday or Friday. There is no panic coming from Glen Sather regarding Staal, and he's "hopeful" for his return.

That's all we have for now. Join us tonight at 6:30 tonight as the Rangers take on the Philadelphia Flyers!

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