On Saturday, the Avalanche and Golden Knights hit the ice at 3 p.m. ET and then played one period before their NHL Outdoors game had to be halted. The game resumed at midnight on the East Coast with the Avalanche skating away the victor. On Sunday, it will be the Flyers and Bruins’ turn under the lights.
The NHL’s 32nd tilt without a roof will be played atop a golf course. Yes, the fastest game on earth will be heading back to the green — the fairway of the par-5 18th hole at Edgewood Tahoe Resort on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev., to be exact. And while it’s disappointing that fans won’t be able to attend, this game will have one of the most beautiful backdrops in the history of the sport: Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
At 6,224 feet above sea level, it will be the second-highest locale for an outdoor contest; the Avs and Kings faced off at 6,621 feet in last year’s Stadium Series at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
This will be the Flyers’ fifth outdoor game (1-2-1) and the Bruins’ fourth (2-1-0). These teams met at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day 2010, with the host Bruins winning 2-1.
While the two teams will be squaring off in a picturesque setting, there are still two big points up for grabs. The two teams are situated at the top of the East Division standings with the Bruins in first and the Flyers just three points behind (tied with the Capitals).
Both teams will be missing key pieces. Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Justin Braun and captain Claude Giroux are all on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list for the Flyers. David Krejci and Kevan Miller did not travel for the Bruins because of injury.
Here’s everything you need to know to get you ready for puck drop of Game 2 in the 2021 NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe.
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When is NHL Outdoors: Flyers vs. Bruins?
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 21
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Originally scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, the game was shifted to a nighttime start after Saturday’s game between the Avalanche and Golden Knights game was severely impacted because of sunny conditions. The forecast for Sunday afternoon calls for sunlight with no cloud cover and unseasonably warm temperatures.
What channel is NHL Outdoors: Flyers vs. Bruins?
- TV channel (U.S.): NBCSN
- Live stream (U.S.): NBCSports, fuboTV
- TV channel (Canada): SN, TVAS
- Live stream (Canada): SN Now
The 2021 NHL Outdoor games will be broadcast on NBCSN. Mike Tirico will provide the play-by-play while Eddie Olczyk and Brian Boucher will serve as analysts.
Pregame festivities Sunday will include Pentatonix singing the U.S. national anthem and three-time Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter and two-time Olympic skier Maddie Bowman delivering the game puck.
Will there be fans?
Over the previous 30 outdoor contests, more than 1.6 million fans braved (mostly) cold stadiums to attend a once-in-a-lifetime game. The 2020 Winter Classic had the second-largest crowd in NHL history, with 85,630 fans watching the host Stars beat the Predators 4-2 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still going, these will be the first outdoor games without fans in attendance.