The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes were supposed to play Monday, but their game was postponed due to poor ice conditions caused by a leak in the cooling system.
The league said in a statement that the “technical problem” made the ice at PNC Arena unplayable and that a date and time for a rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
Henrik Zetterberg told the Detroit Free Press that players were informed about 15 minutes before warm-up that the ice wasn’t ready.
“We had a feeling pretty early that there probably wouldn’t be a game, but we have to wait to be certain, I guess,” he said. “The biggest concern was, I think, the safety for the players to go out and play on the ice that wasn’t ready for us.”
Now, the challenge becomes rescheduling this game.
Under NHL rules, the game couldn’t have started after 9:30, which is 22 hours before the scheduled faceoff time of the Red Wings game Tuesday in Tampa.
The game will be made up when the teams can find a date that is convenient for both clubs. Waddell said he hopes that announcement will come in the next 24-48 hours.
“Extremely tough. This season is already pretty condensed and it’s not going to be easy,” said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis of finding a make-up date.