An NHL source on Thursday night said the league would announce later this month that the Flyers will host the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2, 2012.

Peter Luukko, president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said he was waiting for confirmation from the league.

A league source, however, said that the matchup would happen, and that it would be played on Jan. 2 because the NHL does not want to go head-to-head with NFL games on Jan. 1, including an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Flyers were in the Winter Classic at Boston's Fenway Park on Jan. 1, 2010.

Events in conjunction with the Flyers-Rangers game are expected to include an alumni matchup between the two teams.