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Report: NHL to cancel Winter Classic this week

Winter Classic The NHL Winter Classic could be cancelled this week. (Rob Carr, Getty Images)

The NHL Lockout has already resulted in the cancellation of 326 games from the regular season schedule. Now, according to a report from ESPN, that total could grow by one - the Winter Classic.

The annual outdoor game has become an NHL staple since the league introduced it in 2008. The event has been the league's highest-rated regular season contest, with viewership numbers similar to that of the Stanley Cup. This season's contest is set to be the first that involves a Canadian team, with the Detroit Red Wings taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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