The Boston Bruins announced the start time for their home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday has been moved to 7 p.m. ET due to snowstorm Nemo. The puck was previously scheduled to drop at 1 p.m.
Bruins/Lightning game on Saturday, Feb. 9 has been moved to 7:00 PM: bbru.in/YZWpEe ^BB— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 8, 2013
Nemo is expected to slam the east coast over the next couple days, dropping two feet or more of snow in the Boston area, according to the Weather Channel. The six-hour delay will give road crews a chance to clear the roads without 17,000 fans trying to make the journey to TD Garden.
Few things can stop the sports world from spinning, but weather is definitely one of them. Hurricane Sandy caused cancellations, including an anticipated matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks last October.
It's unclear if other teams along the east coast will follow the Bruins' lead and make changes or cancel games altogether. A lot will depend on which areas get hit the hardest and at what time the storm hits in relation to the planned start time.
Ultimately, it's a smart, safe decision by the Bruins. In the age of social media, fans should have no problem finding out about the time change by tomorrow afternoon. There's no reason to take any unnecessary risks.
Looking ahead, both teams are also scheduled to play on Sunday. The Bruins are scheduled to be in Buffalo to face the Sabres and the Lightning are supposed to play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
If any of the weekend's games are wiped out due to poor weather conditions or travel issues, it will cause some scheduling problems in the future. The NHL is already working on a condensed schedule due to the lockout, leaving few available dates for make-up games.
That said, the fact that the Bruins decide to delay instead of cancel tomorrow's game at least gives hope the storm will pass through and they will be able to fit in all the games.