The severe weather hitting a large portion of the country has been affecting plenty of people, and now it is even affecting professional hockey as the NHL game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes scheduled for Jan. 7 has been postponed.
These teams were set to drop the puck at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center, but blizzard conditions will force the game to be played on another day.
This news was announced by the Sabres' official Twitter account:
According to the team's public relations account, it has been a long time since this type of move has been made:
Last Sabres game to be postponed due to weather: 3/1/94 at QUE (moved to 4/4/94) Last home game: 3/14/93 vs. LAK (moved to 3/15/93)— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) January 7, 2014
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that a makeup date has not yet been announced but will be when it is confirmed:
#Sabres and NHL announce a makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) January 7, 2014
Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official website points out that finding a date will be tough:
While Buffalo might be struggling this season with only 28 points in 42 games, this matchup will be quite important for Carolina, which remains in the playoff hunt with 45 points. The timing of the makeup could end up being very important.
While the Buffalo area is used to winter conditions, this is not an ordinary January day. According to Mira Oberman of Yahoo!, a "polar vortex" has brought some of the coldest temperatures seen in the United States in two decades.
According to Weather.com, Buffalo also has a 100 percent chance of snow by the time of the game.
Although hockey is played indoors, simply getting to the game would be a major challenge for any fans or employees.
Hopefully, this postponement will allow everyone involved to stay safe away from the inclement weather that could end up being very dangerous.
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