The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins, two of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, are scheduled to play in one of the NHL’s many outdoor games on Saturday night as part of the NHL’s “Stadium Series.”
However, the NHL could wind up postponing the game, which will take place at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, if the weather is deemed to make the conditions too unsafe to play according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
“It would have to make it unsafe, either too cold in terms of medical concerns or if it was such that the ice wasn’t able to be kept appropriately so that it would be safe for the players,” Bettman said via Scott Power of ESPN Chicago.
Otherwise, Bettman and the NHL are very excited.
“We played on New Year’s Day before over 100,000 people at the Big House, and I think it was in the single digits and it snowed, and it was great,” Bettman said. “As long as we can keep the conditions competitive and safe, it’ll be a lot of fun. You know people in Chicago are very hearty. They know how to dress for the winter. And our expectation is everyone will layer up and be ready to have fun for a few hours.”
The puck is scheduled to drop at 8:00 pm EST and the game is on NBC.