For the second day in a row the NHL has been forced to postpone games due to a winter storm taking the east coast.
Early Saturday morning the NHL announced that Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals in the nation’s capital would be postponed to a later date.
In New York, where Mayor Bill DeBlasio made an announcement Saturday afternoon that all non-emergency vehicles were to be off the road by 2:30pm, the game between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers has been postponed.
That makes three total games that will be rescheduled, with two of those being home games for the Capitals. This may pose a bit of a scheduling nightmare for the league. The number of balls that must be juggled is large, particularly having to reschedule two games in the same city.
In the AHL, the league has postponed Saturday’s game between the Hartford Wolf Pack and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers that was scheduled to take place in Bridgeport, CT. On Friday, the league announced that they were moving Saturday’s game between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Hersey Bears to Monday.
No word on whether they’ll postpone Sunday’s match between Bridgeport and the Hersey Bears with Saturday’s game in Hersey canceled and travel difficult between Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
We’ll keep this post updated throughout the day with news of any other canceled games.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.