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Centennial Classic start time delayed due to sunlight

2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic - Toronto Maple Leafs Practice

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 31: The Toronto Maple Leafs practice a day ahead of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centenial Classic at BMO Field on December 31, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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The start of the Centennial Classic today between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs has been pushed back by 30 minutes, the league announced this morning.

The league stated it was due to sunlight glare on the ice surface at BMO Field in Toronto, which means the game is now expected to get underway at 3:30 p.m. ET.

This isn’t the first time glare from sunlight has impacted the start of an outdoor game.

The start of the Heritage Classic between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets in October was also pushed back for the same reason, although that delay was nearly two hours long.

With a win, and a Philly regulation loss later in the evening, the Maple Leafs can move to within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the East.

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