The NHL Network debuted its half-hour special, "Ivy and Ice – All Access: The 2009 Winter Classic" on Monday. But, no worries, if you missed it. NHL Network will re-air the special Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EST.
The NHL Network's always stellar all-access format will be in what you might call "Classic" mode for the special, covering everything from how the rink was built in the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field to the rousing pre-game scene to the back-and-forth action on the ice.
By all accounts, the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was a smash hit. This programming night figures to be the same.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis