With Winter Storm Jonas descending upon the Washington, D.C. area, the NHL has decided to cancel today’s game between the Capitals and Anaheim Ducks, the league announced.
The Capitals confirmed the cancellation, stating a makeup date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.
The game was previously moved from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A decision regarding Sunday’s game between the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, scheduled for 12:30 at Verizon Center, will be announced Saturday morning, the team announced.
The Capitals will email all season-ticket holders and communicate updates via WashingtonCaps.com and social media platforms once confirmed.
Tickets for the originally scheduled game will be honored for the rescheduled date. All guests must retain their original tickets in order to attend the new game date and time. Additional information will be communicated directly to ticket holders via e-mail.
The Ducks are beginning a three-game road trip that takes them to Detroit on Saturday and Boston on Tuesday.
Anaheim has just one other East Coast trip scheduled for this season -- a four-games-in-six-nights trip in early February that takes them to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Columbus and Chicago. CBA bylaws prevent teams from playing more than four games in a six-day period.
“Rescheduling games is neither easy nor foolproof,” NHL Group Vice President, Communications John Dellapina said in an email on Wednesday. “What if the weather is worse on the make-up day? What if the teams have no coincidental open dates available that don't violate CBA rules about mandatory days off and maximum number of games allowable in a given time period?”
The Penguins are scheduled to play Saturday afternoon (12:30 p.m.) game against the Canucks, then travel to Washington for Sunday’s game at Verizon Center.
After their scheduled game against the Capitals on Sunday the Pens return home to face the Devils on Tuesday. Theoretically, Sunday’s game between the Caps and Penguins could be moved to Monday.
The Capitals remain home to face the Flyers on Wednesday, then break for the NHL All-Star weekend in Nashville.