PHILADELPHIA – The show must go on, at least for two periods anyway.
That’s just one of 10 things you need to know about tonight’s Stadium Series game between the Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field.
The NHL issued a set of contingency plans along with regulations for the contest, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. despite some dire weather forecasts of steady precipitation.
As for the possibility of a game shortened to two periods, see numbers 6 and 7.
Here’s the list, in no particular order of importance:
>1. NO umbrellas are permitted in Lincoln Financial Field.
>2. Once the game has begun, it may be subject to one or more temporary stoppages due to unplayable weather conditions, at the discretion of the NHL commissioner.
>3. Period and game format may be reconfigured to accommodate temporary stoppages as determined appropriate by the commissioner.
>4. In the event of high winds at the ice surface, the clubs will switch ends at the 10:00 minute mark of the third period as signaled by a “hard whistle.” The face-off will take place where the play was whistled dead. This identical procedure will take place at the 2:30 minute mark of an overtime period, if needed.
>5. In the event of a shootout, each club will determine what end they prefer to defend, which could be the same end.
>6. If the game is started, then stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, it will be deemed “official” once two periods have been played. The team leading at the time play is stopped will be declared the winner and will be awarded two points in the standings.
>7. If the game is tied at the time play is stopped permanently, any time after two periods of play, each team will be awarded one point in the standings, with an opportunity to earn an additional point in a standard shootout format.
>8. If weather conditions permit, the shootout will be conducted at Lincoln Financial Field immediately after regulation play has been stopped. If weather conditions make it impossible to conduct a shootout safely at Lincoln Financial Field, the shootout will take place at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday, March 17 prior to the regularly scheduled Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game, with Philadelphia deemed the home club for shootout purposes only.
>9. If the game is started, and stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, and fewer than two periods of regular time has been played, the game will be officially “postponed” and, if possible, will be played in its entirety at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Feb. 24. If the game cannot be replayed at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Feb. 24, it will be rescheduled at Wells Fargo Center on a date to be determined later in the season.
>10. Ticket holders must retain their tickets to gain re-entry to Lincoln Financial Field in the event the game is to be played Sunday, Feb. 24. There will be no refunds for ticket holders unable to attend postponement date. If the event is canceled on Sunday, a refund of the ticket’s face value will be honored. Ticket holders should review the back of their ticket or click here for complete refund policy language.