Saturday nights game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins is a match-up between two favorites for the Stanley Cup, but the game may be postponed.
The game is due to take place at the home of Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, but that is only if the weather at the outdoor venue is deemed suitable enough to play in.
According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman there is a good chance that the game may be defined as too dangerous to go ahead.
“It would have to make it unsafe, either too cold in terms of medical concerns or if it was such that the ice wasn’t able to be kept appropriately so that it would be safe for the players,” Bettman said via Scott Power of ESPN Chicago.
However, the hope is that these drastic measures don't have to be taken, with Bettman looking forward to what should be a classic tussle.
“We played on New Year’s Day before over 100,000 people at the Big House, and I think it was in the single digits and it snowed, and it was great,” Bettman said. “As long as we can keep the conditions competitive and safe, it’ll be a lot of fun. You know people in Chicago are very hearty. They know how to dress for the winter. And our expectation is everyone will layer up and be ready to have fun for a few hours.”
The puck is due to drop at 8pm EST, but we'll have to wait and see whether the game does actually commence.