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NHL Winter Classic: Washington D.C. 'Favorite' To Get 2014 Game, According To Report

The Washington Capitals participated in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic on the road in Pittsburgh, and they may soon be participating again in the near future. This time, though, the game would take place in their own city. Washington D.C. has emerged as the "favorite" to host the game in 2014, according to ESPN's Craig Custance, though it remains unclear what venue would host the game.

The Capitals were promised a Winter Classic and are the favorite to host the 2014 game. There are options for venues in the area, including FedEx Field, M & T Bank Stadium (71,008 capacity for football), Nationals Park and Camden Yards. There's more money to be made by returning to a football stadium, assuming the league can avoid any scheduling conflicts with the Ravens and Redskins.

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When asked about the promise, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN that the league will "get to it." The news backs up a CSN Washington report that D.C. has been promised the Winter Classic in the near future.

The 2012 game is in Philadelphia and pits the New York Rangers against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Detroit Red Wings are the favorites to host the 2013 game.

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