With tons of snow, not to mention a State of Emergency from superstorm Nemo still effective in Boston, the NHL decided this afternoon to postpone the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s game against the Boston Bruins.
Of course, this doesn’t help the Lightning, who just spent two days stranded in a Boston hotel, and now must bus (there’s no air travel available) to New York City for tomorrow night’s game versus the New York Rangers.
The league also hasn’t given a make-up date yet, something that must be done soon to avoid schedule complications with either team. This game was supposed to mark Benoit Pouliot‘s return to Beantown as well, with the Bruins trading him to the Lightning this past offseason. Hey, I’m sure he was pumped!
Another thing worth watching would have been how the two goaltenders fared, with Tuukka Rask and Anders Lindback likely in net for their respective team. Rask has struggled, while Lindback’s spent much of his time facing Western Conference teams.
The power play and penalty kill were sure to also be a factor, but who that benefits remains anyone’s guess. The Lightning convert at nearly 30 percent with the man advantage, though they’re currently in a slump, while the Bruins penalty kill tops the league. However, pardon my pun, you never know when lightning might strike.
Either way, these teams will play eventually – we just aren’t sure when. Hopefully, the new date works out well for both teams, because there aren’t many open dates as it is.