Taking It Outdoors

Brian Boyle described the Rangers locker room before practice at Citizens Bank Ballpark Sunday afternoon as "a bunch of kids who couldn't wait to get out there and play." And with that enthusiam the Rangers donned their new Winter Classic sweaters, slapped on some baseball eye black, and proceeded to take it outdoors for their first practice in the home of baseball's Philadelphia Phillies. "I think it's great for our game," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella after practice and a team family skate outdoors. "It's great for our league, but as a coach I am thinking about one thing: it's a divisional opponent (Monday), it's two points, and we want to win the hockey game. That's all we are concerned about right now. Sure there is hype, but this has been a great experience for us, and our players will be ready to play." Defenseman Ryan McDonagh left practice early due to a bout with the flu, but Tortorella said he expects him to be able to play on Monday. Tortorella also said there will not be any lineup changes, and that Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal. "It's a big game no matter where it's being played," said center Brad Richards. "It just works out that the first time we play (the Flyers) in Philly it's outdoors and a big deal. I'm excited about that, and I'm excited it's them we are playing (in the Winter Classic). I'm excited. It was great to feel the wind in my face today, making my eyes blurry, feeling the breeze as I skated. That was neat." Share your thoughts on the Winter Classic below.