NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Rangers are gearing up for what’s arguably the NHL’s biggest game of the year.

The Rangers will be taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at 3 p.m. in the Winter Classic – the NHL’s annual outdoor game.

The NHL decided to move the start time of the game from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. because of a revised weather forecast that should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans.

The Rangers are in first place in the Eastern Conference but the Flyers could tie them with a win in regulation.

This year’s Winter Classic will be held in Philadelphia’s Citizen Bank Park – the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

It’s the first time one of the local teams has been involved in the event.

The Winter Classic is one of the most anticipated games of the season and has done well in the ratings for NBC since the first one in 2008. It’s usually played on New Year’s Day but this year the game was moved to Monday to avoid going up against the NFL.

Fans continue to speculate on when the classic will finally be held in New York.

Rumors say NHL officials would like to have it at Yankee Stadium but because of the Pinstripe Bowl college football game it  won’t be possible until 2014 at the earliest.

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