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Fans experienced wet conditions during the game
Each year, when the NHL plans their annual Winter Classic events, the conditions outdoors are always called into question.
Of course, there is never enough foresight to predict how well the conditions will be, so year after year the league and fans just have to hope for the best.
For a couple weeks prior to the game, meteorologists have been speculating about rain on Jan. 1 in Pittsburgh. As the date got closer, a warm front was predicted. Rain and a warm front are less than ideal conditions for a hockey game being held on a rink outdoors.
The game ended up being pushed from a 1 p.m. puck drop to an 8 p.m. puck drop, in the hopes that the later start time would circumvent the rain and the dark would help keep the ice from melting too badly.
There was lots of speculation on which team would fare better in poor conditions, but both teams appeared able to persevere, not letting it become an issue.
Obviously, the weather had some effect on the game, but both teams still managed to put on quite a primetime show in the poor weather.