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Penguins vs. Capitals, Flyers vs. Islanders Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) and Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) skate during an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The Penguins won 4-3.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2016

Sunday afternoon's highly anticipated game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals was postponed Saturday due to inclement weather in Washington, D.C.

According to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press, a new date will be announced at a later time for the contest that was originally scheduled to be played at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday night's contest between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was also postponed, per an NHL press release provided by Andy Graziano of Sportsnet NY:

The postponement of the Penguins versus Capitals game comes on the heels of the Caps' clash with the Anaheim Ducks getting postponed Friday as well, the team announced.

Per Weather.com, there is a high likelihood of blizzard-like conditions throughout Saturday in Washington, and although the weather is expected to clear up Sunday, there won't be enough time to remove snow and create a safe environment for spectators.

The Capitals and Penguins have engaged in a long-running rivalry due primarily to the presence of star players Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

While the Pens have enjoyed more team success than the Caps during the Ovechkin-Crosby era, the script has been flipped thus far in 2015-16.

Washington is currently the NHL's best team with 73 points, while Pittsburgh is two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

There is still plenty of time for the Penguins to bounce back, and a win over the Capitals away from home may be just what they need to turn the season around.

That game won't happen Sunday, but when a makeup date gets announced, players and fans alike will undoubtedly still have it circled on their calendars.

 

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