The 2011 Winter Classic between the Penguins and Capitals was originally scheduled to take place on Friday, but rain forced the outdoor hockey game to Saturday. The threat of adverse weather still looms at Heinz Field, however.
According to weather.com, there is an 80% chance of rain at 7 p.m. Pittsburgh time. Here's the hour-by-hour forecast for Saturday evening:
This is bad news for those involved, given that the game is set to begin at 8 p.m. Throughout the day, crews have been working to remove thousands of gallons of water from the Heinz Field rink. Caps coach Bruce Boudreau, though, is at least happy that the game is now being played after sunset. From DC Sports Bog:
"If it was sunny as it was yesterday when we practiced at that time, that sun was coming up, that ice was melting faster than Frosty the Snowman," the coach said on Saturday. "The sun was so bright in that one spot, you couldn't freeze the ice."
We'll have further updates on the weather and playing conditions as we near the scheduled 8 p.m. start. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Penguins blog, PensBurgh, and our Capitals blog, Japers' Rink.