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The Hurricanes-Red Wings game was postponed because the ice wouldn’t freeze in time

The most thrilling race against time in sports.

Montreal Canadiens v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Detroit Red Wings are going to be either a tired team on Tuesday when they play in Tampa Bay or a well-rested team, depending on how fast water freezes.

UPDATE: They will be a well-rested team.

Let us explain. The Carolina Hurricanes were all set to host the Wings on Monday night. Both teams’ players didn’t like the ice conditions during morning skate, and it turns out there was a good reason.

As it turns out, the ice coolant system compressor was malfunctioning, causing “havoc” with the ice surface. Hurricanes president Don Waddell told Fox Sports Carolina that the ice surface was around 25 degrees Fahrenheit at the game’s designated start time. The optimal temperature for NHL games is 17 degrees.

Another issue is that they need to get the puck drop in before 9:30 p.m. ET. Why?

So it’s a race against time as both teams and fans alike watch water freeze. This is hockey at its best, folks. This is why we watch the beautiful game.

Things got weird on the ‘Canes broadcast during the delay, including Tripp Tracy shoving his face into his own birthday cake.

While the game was delayed, people in the arena started begging the Hurricanes’ Twitter account to put the Carolina Panthers’ Monday Night Football game on.