Winter Classic Pushed Back To 3 p.m.

1 Jan

CITIZENS BANK PARK — The sun is usually a good thing for a forecast at Citizens Bank Park, but for the second time this weekend, it’s caused a game to be pushed back. According to the NHL, the start time for Monday’s Winter Classic has been pushed back to 3 p.m. based on the weather forecast and “should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans.”

The Flyers’ practice on Sunday morning was changed, at least partially, due to the weather. It was originally scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the players took the ice at 9:00 a.m. which seemed to make a difference.

“It actually wasn’t that bad,” said Harry Zolnierczyk. “A little slow, it felt like. Definitely a different feel. The puck wasn’t moving as quick, but both teams are gonna be on it, so we’re gonna be dealing with the same thing.”

Before the alumni game, which was also moved back two hours, the ice was mostly puddles and the entire surface was covered by tarps. The crew was able to get the surface to a playable condition after the sun passed over the infield where the rink is and it made a difference.

“The ice feels real hard and hollow,” said Zac Rinaldo. “It’s a different feeling, but it should be a fun game [Monday].”

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