Nationals Park Winter Classic by the numbers

Final preparations are made at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, for the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game to be held on New Year's Day. The Washington Capitals are scheduled to play the Chicago Blackhawks. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck on the 2015 Winter Classic at Nationals Park at 1 p.m. Thursday (although they may delay the start if the sunny glare off the ice is too much). There’s a lot of history and a lot of work behind the scenes of the game, and NHL.com has a long list of fascinating trivia.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the Winter Classic, by the numbers:

2 — Each team is playing in the Winter Classic for the second time; Chicago lost to Detroit, 6-4, in 2009 at Wrigley Field; Washington topped Pittsburgh, 3-1, at Heinz Field in 2011.

12 — Length, in inches, of the District Duel, which will be the game’s Signature Dish. It’s a half smoke combined with Chicago-style slow roasted Italian beef, topped with creole mustard, banana peppers and giardiniera.

14 — Capitals players who have played in an outdoor NHL game.

16 — The number of Capitals right wing Eric Fehr, who scored two goals, including the game-winner, when Washington beat the Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic.

24 — The number of feet below street level the field and rink at Nationals Park sit.

34.7 — Average temperature at puck drop for the six previous Winter Classics (2008 – 31.1°, 2009 – 31.9°, 2010 – 39.6°, 2011 – 51.7°, 2012 – 41°, 2014 – 13°).

38 — NHL players who have played for both the Capitals and Blackhawks, including Capitals forward Troy Brouwer, who played for the Blackhawks in the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

44 — Average high temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, for Washington, D.C. in January, according to weather.com.

53 — Length, in feet, of the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for outdoor games conducted by the NHL.

243 — The number of ice pans under the main rink at Nationals Park, each measuring 30 inches by 340 inches in size.

300 — Ton capacity of the refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool.

350 — Gallons of paint used to make the Nationals Park ice white.

3,000 — Gallons of coolant used to freeze the Nationals Park rink.

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