WASHINGTON – The wild winter storm that is crippling the Northeastern United States is also impacting the Ottawa Senators.
The Senators’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes, originally scheduled for Friday, has now been pushed back to Saturday at noon.
The postponement of Tuesday’s game between Carolina at Philadelphia to Wednesday has resulted in a series of aftershocks which directly affected the Senators.
Carolina is also scheduled to play the Buffalo Sabres Thursday. NHL by-laws don’t allow a team to play games on three consecutive days, meaning the Hurricanes pushed back the Friday game to Saturday.
The game will be played at noon because the Senators have a charity fundraiser scheduled for Saturday night in Gatineau.
While Tuesday’s game between the Senators and Washington Capitals went on as scheduled at the Verizon Center, it was played in front of a sparse crowd. Schools were closed and people were advised to stay at home unless travel was absolutely necessary. The shutdown of the city to deal with 15 centimetres of snow seemed like a colossal overreaction – especially with Ottawans dealing with minus 25 degree temperatures – but it’s rare for so much snow to fall in a single day here.
The Senators were expected to fly out of Washington immediately after Tuesday’s game for Tampa Bay, where they will face the Lightning Thursday before going back north to face Carolina.
On one hand, the Senators will avoid playing on consecutive nights. On the other hand, they have been a horrible 1-7-2 in games that have started before 6 p.m. In those 10 games, they’ve been outscored 38-19.