Rescheduling postponed game will be ‘extremely tough,’ says Francis

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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.

From MLive.com:

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.