Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rain Threatens NHL Winter Classic

Imagine the series of F-bombs Bruce Boudreau could drop if his Washington Capitals are skating in sea of slush during Saturday’s NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Ok, NHL officials won’t allow the Caps and hometown Pittsburgh Penguins to square in a slush fest, but with a chance of rain on Saturday, there’s a possibility the teams could be skating on a less than ideal ice surface.

The forecast for Saturday in Pittsburgh calls for a chance of rain and temperatures in the low 50s. The warmish temps will not affect conditions of the two-and-a-half-inch thick ice, but falling rain could be a factor. If the slightest bit of rain falls on the ice, it will freeze quickly, causing an uneven and dangerous skating surface. A hard rain would force the postponement of the game to later in the day or to Sunday.

After Sunday, Heinz Filed goes back to the Steelers, and the game will need to be made up in the Penguins’ new CONSOL Energy Center.

I have an efin felling that Bruce efin Boudreau wouldn’t efin like that at efin all.

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