With a blizzard bearing down on the city, dropping anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of snow, the Flyers pushed the NHL to postpone the contest for the safety of fans, players and employees.
In Canada, yesterday's weather is called a Tuesday.
In Philadelphia, it was declared a snow emergency.
The last Flyers game postponed was during a March 13, 1993 blizzard when two panes of glass blew out on the Spectrum concourse, sending 3,000 fans home an hour after the game against Los Angeles started.
Last night's postponement marked a clear deviation from the NHL's weather policy, which states that if both teams and the officials have arrived in a given city, the game will be played regardless of how many fans can attend.
The puck dropped as scheduled last night in Newark, N.J., Washington and New York - East Coast cities also pummeled by Winter Storm Janus. Attendance was lighter than normal at both the Prudential Center and Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers-Islanders game began with only one referee.
For the Flyers, postponing the game was not an enormous inconvenience. Either way, they would have played a set of back-to-back games this week, having played Monday. After tonight's game, they will travel to Columbus for tomorrow night's game.
The Hurricanes had their second road game moved in as many weeks. Their game in Buffalo on Jan. 7 needed to be moved when nearly 3 feet of snow created white-out conditions with limited visibility. With the NHL's cramped schedule, the league and NHLPA needed to create a special exception for the makeup game on Feb. 25, the day before the Olympic break was slated to end.
NHL rules prohibit teams from playing sets of three games in 3 days - causing the league to play middleman on a back-and-forth fight over the schedule. The Flyers were against rescheduling for tonight; the Hurricanes wanted to avoid traveling here again.
It was the Hurricanes, again, who were forced to juggle their plans. Already scheduled to play in Buffalo tomorrow night, they were forced to move their Friday night home game against Ottawa to Saturday to prevent a violation of the league's rule.
Forward Jake Voracek, who injured his left hand in Monday's shootout loss to the Islanders, had been slated as a "game-time decision" for yesterday. Another day of rest couldn't hurt.
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