Could sunny skies spell bad ice for Winter Classic?

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FOXBOROUGH — That’s a picture from the press box at Gillette Stadium, taken this morning at around 10:30 a.m.

As you can see, there isn’t a cloud in the sky, and that’s not the best thing for ice conditions. The ideal weather for outdoor hockey is overcast and cold.

“You can be as cold as you want, but if we have sun we have a problem,” ice guru Dan Craig said a couple of years ago in Ann Arbor.

Yesterday, Craig said he was optimistic about the forecast for tomorrow’s Winter Classic.

“We’re in good shape,” Craig told the Boston Globe. “They’re telling me that we’re going to have almost a double layer of clouds here, even though it’s going to be a little bit warmer, so that’s good.”

The Bruins are scheduled to practice at 11 a.m. today, so we’ll see what they say about the ice afterwards.

The Canadiens practice at 12:30 p.m.

There’s a women’s game at 2 p.m., followed by the alumni game at 3:30 p.m.

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