Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy discusses Vancouver's Sedin brothers, Daniel and Henrik, and the impact Henrik's absence because of injury could have on the Canucks Saturday. (Video by Dave Molinari)
“We’ve been talking about it in the room, trying to see what’s going to happen,” said Fehr, who played for the Capitals from 2005-15. “I think it’s going to be a pretty big storm, and I’ve seen that city in big storms. They don’t handle the storms very well.”
The NHL postponed a Friday night game between the Capitals and Anaheim Ducks because of the impending storm and announced that a decision will come this morning about the Penguins game.
“A decision regarding Sunday’s Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals game at Verizon Center, NHL Game No. 720, will be announced Saturday morning,” the statement read.
The Capitals-Ducks game already had been moved up to 5 p.m. from 7 p.m. to accommodate fans using the public transit system which closed at 11 p.m. Friday night for the weekend.
“With the Metro being shut down there for all of Sunday I find it really hard to believe people would be able to get to the game, including people who work in the rink,” Fehr said.
The game is scheduled to air on NBC Sports (WPXI).
If building employees could somehow reach the arena — perhaps via snowshoe or dogsled — there remains question on how the Penguins would get to the city?
Their time frame for travel would coincide with the height of possible blizzard conditions because the Penguins play host to Vancouver at 12:30 p,m. today and wouldn’t be able to leave until late afternoon.
“I really don’t want to fly through any of those conditions,” Fehr said. “Obviously, it’s not in our control. We just have to trust the judgment of the guys who are making the call.”
Coach Mike Sullivan said he was not even thinking about the game Sunday. Instead, he had the game today against the Canucks on his mind.
But Sidney Crosby vividly remembers busing to Washington from Newark, N.J., in 2010’s “Snowmageddon” after being rerouted from Montreal in a blizzard. He said he has been following the storm coverage and will await the NHL’s decision.
“Hard not to. It’s everywhere. Everywhere you turn, they’re talking about the storm,” Crosby said. “We’ve been in some different situations in the past, so I think you just keep an open mind and kind of wait and see what happens. But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be good there at all. I don’t know if we’re going to fly there, bus there, but, usually, we find a way.”
The Penguins hoped to have a chance to face their rivals, who occupy first place in the division and Eastern Conference.
Local officials told The Washington Post they implored the Capitals and the NBA Washington Wizards to postpone their weekend events.
“We talked to all of these organizations and we told them, ‘We are telling our residents, the folks here in the city, to be off the streets by 3 o’clock,” Chris T. Geldart, director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told the Post. “If the Capitals decide to bring their players in and put them in danger like that, then the other folks do the same, I cannot tell the NHL or the NBA what to do … But I would highly encourage them, do not have those games.”
The NHL makes the final decision.
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