Let the outdoor fun begin.
The Flyers-Penguins 2019 Stadium Series game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field remains scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.
The NHL released the following statement at noon:
While we are expecting a chance of a relatively light amount of precipitation in and around the game window, current forecasts are indicating that we will have playable conditions. We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the day and if a different determination becomes necessary due to the weather conditions being worse than anticipated, we will adjust accordingly.
According to weather reports, the chance of rainfall is around 50 percent at puck drop and starts to increase closer to midnight. Obviously, rain can be one of the most problematic types of Mother Nature with outdoor hockey.
"If it starts to rain pretty hard, as far as wearing a visor, your vision, ice conditions, all that kind of stuff — that can come into play," Sidney Crosby said Friday. "To what extent it's going to rain, if it's light, it's not too bad, but if it starts to pour pretty good, that could be a different story."
Two of the biggest notables from the NHL's contigency plan:
If the game is started, then stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, it will be deemed "official" once two periods have been played. The team leading at the time play is stopped will be declared the winner and will be awarded two points in the standings.
If the game is started, and stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, and fewer than two periods of regular time has been played, the game will be officially "postponed" and, if possible, will be played in its entirety at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Feb. 24. If the game cannot be replayed at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Feb. 24, it will be rescheduled at Wells Fargo Center on a date to be determined later in the season.
Here's what Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon had to say about it pregame:
To find out that after the second period is over, that you lost the game or you won the game, is kind of a weird way to end. You're not really given the opportunity to — and this is for either team — if it's a close game, pull your goalie to tie it up. That's kind of a unique situation. But that's the cards we're dealt with.
The rest of the weather-related game procedure contingencies are below:
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