Lightning vs. Bruins Canceled Due to Inclement Weather in Northeast

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2013

MONTREAL, CANADA - FEBRUARY 6:  David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates during an NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on February 6, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 2-1.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The effects of winter storm Nemo have finally hit the sports world. According to the Tampa Bay Times' Damian Cristodero, the NHL has decided to postpone Saturday night's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.

Cristodero also reports the NHL plans to make up the game, though there is no set date at this time. The NHL cited the hazardous road conditions for its decision to push the game back (per the Tampa Bay Times):

Although both clubs and the assigned on-ice officials are in Boston, travel conditions remain too hazardous for fans, security personnel and TD Garden staff to get to the arena. 

Nemo, a blizzard that ripped its way through the Northeast of the United States from Friday into Saturday, was one of the biggest in recent memory. Boston was hit especially hard and the city could see up to 36 inches of snow before the snowstorm moves elsewhere, according to the New York Daily NewsWCVB-TV in Boston is reporting that 400,000 homes in Massachusetts are currently without power due to the storm's effect.

The Bruins (7-1-1) are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 15 points and have fallen just once in regulation all season. Center David Krejci has been particularly excellent, putting up nine points thus far, and goalie Tuukka Rask has a goals-allowed average of just 1.97.

The Lightning (6-4) aren't too shabby either and could present a strong challenge to the favored Bruins.

Though the fans and players have to be disappointed with this postponement, the two teams won't have to wait long to square off. They play in Tampa Bay on Feb. 21 in a game that will especially have a ton of intrigue after Saturday's postponement.