The NHL announced early Saturday afternoon that they still plan to play the Flyers-Penguins Saturday evening at 8 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.
The league also said in its statement, however, that it was reserving the right to make radical adjustments, including postponing the game and restarting it on Sunday at the Linc. So fans need to hold on to tickets.
A band of rain is headed toward Philadelphia later this afternoon.
“We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the day and if a different determination becomes necessary due to the weather conditions being worse than anticipated, we will adjust accordingly,” the league announced.
Local 6ABC meteorologist Chris Sowers on Saturday morning called for light rain to begin around 5 p.m. and continue through the evening with the heaviest rain coming after midnight.
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“While we are expecting a chance of a relatively light amount of precipitation in and around the game window, current forecasts are indicating that we will have playable conditions,” the NHL said in its statement.
The Flyers and Penguins face-off just after 8 o’clock. The teams have played 11 games in the last two seasons that have ended in regulation. Those games averaged 2 hours, 29 minutes. Their one overtime meeting, back on Nov. 27, 2017, lasted 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Should heavy rain come in the middle of the game, the league said it may use any of these contingency plans. Some of these are wild.
One other note for those attending is that Lincoln Financial Field, like most outdoor venues, prohibits fans from bringing in umbrellas. Gates for tonight’s game open at 6 p.m.
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The Flyers next host Buffalo on Tuesday before playing at Columbus on Thursday. The NHL trade deadline is Monday, 3 p.m.