The Winter Classic will go ahead as planned this afternoon, despite weather still being a concern. The league considered moving the start time and even perhaps rescheduling the game, but will go forward with the original plan.
A contingency has been announced however. The game must have two completed periods to be official, or else it will be rescheduled at some point at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. If somehow the game is tied after two and also must be cancelled due to weather, the two teams will play in a shootout before their February 26th game at the United Center in Chicago. Both teams will be awarded a point, with the shootout deciding the winner.
While there is a fairly remote chance of that happening, it would be an odd way of ending a game. ’The Classic That Lasted’ or so they’d say. For now, check out the game at noon as planned.
- Evander Kane has taken to social media again to show his displeasure with an opponent. After he and Kevan Miller got into a scrum after a whistle in Saturday’s game, the infamous Buffalo forward tweeted out “When a guy pretends to want to fight and only chirps when the 6’6 linesman is standing in the way. #KevanMiller #pretender #stoplying”. Miller, for his part responded by saying that Kane only wanted to fight when the linesmen came in.
- The New Jersey Devils have dealt with injuries to their top players all season long, and it won’t stop today. Andrew Gross of The Record reports that both Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson did not skate this morning due to illness, and are questionable for tonight’s game. The team did get some good news though, with Taylor Hall returning to practice and scheduled to play in the game. Hall has missed the last two games after coming back from a knee injury earlier in the year.