The Winter Classic Curse

For the fourth consecutive season, the team that hosted the NHL's Winter Classic (the Flyers) had a worse record after the big event than they had heading into the Classic.

It also is starting to look like the New York Rangers are going to be the fourth of the five Winter Classic visiting teams to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. (Only last year's Washington Capitals failed to do so.)

Those five home teams are just 24-24 in playoff games following their Winter Classic hosting. The visiting teams are breezing along at 56-31 going into Wednesday's Rangers-Devils game.

A quick pre- and post-Winter Classic recap:

HOME TEAMS
Year Team Before WC   Pct. From WC On   Pct. Playoffs 
2008   Sabres   19-16-  2 .541    20-15-10 .556     0-  0
2009 Blackhawks     20-  7-  7 .691   26-17-  5 .594   9-  8
2010 Bruins   20-12-  7 .603   19-18-  6 .512   7-  6
2011 Penguins   25-11-  3 .679   24-14-  5 .616   3-  4
2012 Flyers   22-10-  4 .667    25-16-  5  .598    5-  6 
  Totals 106-56-23 .635 114-80-31 .576 24-24
 
VISITING TEAMS
Year Team Before WC Pct. From WC On Pct. Playoffs
2008 Penguins   20-16-  2 .553   27-11-  6 .682 14-  6
2009 Red Wings   24-  7-  5 .736   27-14-  5 .641 15-  8
2010 Flyers   19-18-  2 .513   22-17-  4 .558 14-  9
2011 Capitals   22-12-  5 .603   26-11-  6 .674   4-  5
2012 Rangers   23-  9-  4 .693    28-15-  3 .641   9-  6
  Totals 108-62-18 .622 130-68-24 .640 56-31

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