PITTSBURGH – No one who loves hockey, no one who loves sports, no one who simply likes a good show, wants the weather to foul up the Winter Classic.
The NHL has pushed back the start time of Saturday’s outdoor game from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., thanks to forecasts of warm temperatures and steady rain in the afternoon, followed by cooler and drier air in the evening. But it’s not the worst-case scenario – not yet, anyway. And if the conditions are right at night, it might even work out for the best.
Now the NHL is scheduled to have Sidney Crosby(notes) vs. Alex Ovechkin(notes), the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Washington Capitals, the top marketing matchup the game has to offer, on the temporary rink at 65,000-seat Heinz Field, on American television at prime time against only one or two college football bowl games instead of four.
“I don’t see anything wrong with playing underneath the lights here,” Crosby said. “I think that would be pretty nice.”
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