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Pens-Flyers outdoor game moved to primetime

Winter Classic Hockey

Fans applaud a penalty call in the first period at Heinz Field in the NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game between the Washington capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


The NHL has bumped the 2017 Stadium Series game between Philly and Pittsburgh by a week, in order to get the coveted primetime evening setting.

More, from the league:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will play host to the Philadelphia Flyers outdoors at Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 as part of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today.

The new date of the event allows for a night-time setting that will be broadcast in primetime on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 8 p.m. ET.

This will mark the second outdoor game to be played at Heinz, following the 2011 Winter Classic between the Penguins and Capitals.

As the NHL notes, the ’17 Stadium Series game will mark the first time that the Keystone State Rivalry between Pittsburgh and Philly will be played at the home of the Steelers.