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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

NHL postpones Blues-Avalanche game; Isles and the weather

I guess their 18-24 inches is worse that what hit New York in December?

<<ST. LOUIS — With an official "blizzard watch" in effect here, tonight's
Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues game has been postponed because of the
dangerous weather.Bad weather in St. Louis postpones tonight's Avalanche-Blues
game
By Terry Frei
The Denver Post

Posted: 02/01/2011 11:51:17 AM MST
Updated: 02/01/2011 12:04:24 PM MST


There is no word yet about when the game will be rescheduled.

The Avalanche received word of the postponement as they were boarding the team
bus to go back to their hotel after morning skate.

The blizzard watch means St. Louis-area residents are being urged to stay off
the streets.

Sleet fell yesterday, overnight and this morning. Roads are icy and
treacherous. The forecast is calling for snow totals of 18 to 24 inches, with
winds up to 35 mph, creating possible whiteout conditions.>>

With the Islanders needing to get to Pittsburgh for their game with the Penguins
tomorrow, they could be in danger of their first snowout since 1993 when a large
storm caused a postponement of the March 13th game (against the Pens) and
necessitated the rescheduling of three other games. (The March 13 game was
played March 14, pushing the 3/14 game with the Caps to 3/25, which pushed the
3/25 game with New Jersey to 4/16 and caused 4/15 game with Hartford to be
rescheduled to 4/13)

The Isles have not had a road postponement in over 30 years. On Super Bowl
Sunday, January 21, 1979, the Isles were scheduled to play in Buffalo. (The
Steelers beat the Cowboys 35-31 in a memorable SB XIII.) Ironically that game
was postponed because the Islanders could not get out of LaGuardia, due to
torrential rain/fog. The game was played on Valentines Day.


A strange footnote: had the Islanders played that night, they would have played
three games in three days as they beat Chicago on Saturday (1/20) and again on
Monday (1/22). The Monday game was itself the make-up of a postponement. As it
is, the Isles have NEVER played on three consecutive days.


Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home
telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on
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