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D.C. snow creates travel issues for Penguins

Update, 10:17 p.m.: The Caps just sent out the following release:

As of 10 p.m. ET Saturday, the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Verizon Center remains as scheduled. The Penguins are en route to Washington, D.C., and are expected to arrive tonight.

Break out the shovels, boots and snowpants... or, perhaps, the TV remote. It could still be tough for fans to make it to Verizon Center tomorrow. Metrobus, MetroAccess and above-ground stations are will be closed, while road conditions remain treacherous.

Update, 5:30 p.m.: According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Penguins are scheduled to fly to Newark tonight and then take a four-hour bus ride to D.C.

Update from Tarik, 3:10 p.m.: I'm hearing that the Penguins are still working on getting here tonight. It's unclear how exactly, but it may involve more than just a charter flight. Also hearing that getting officials to VC will NOT be a hangup.

Update from Tarik, 12:53 p.m.: No decision on the status of tomorrow's Caps-Penguins game has been made yet, I'm told, as team and league officials are monitoring the weather and travel conditions.

Amtrak service is operating on an extremely limited schedule, which would seem to jeopardize the possibility of the Penguins flying into the New York and taking a train (which has been discussed).

Tonight's Hawks-Wizards game has already been postponed because the Wizards couldn't fly back from Orlando.

Tomorrow's Caps game could be moved back to accommodate a Sunday arrival for the Pens. But the NHL can't push the opening faceoff back too far because, as you might have heard, there's another big game scheduled for tomorrow.

I'll post another update as soon as I hear something more definitive.

Original post, 12:12 p.m.: No word yet from the league or the Pittsburgh Penguins on their plans for tomorrow's game against the Caps (scheduled for noon), but it looks like they won't get to Washington via plane.

All runways at Dulles and National, and most at BWI, have been shut down, so the Penguins, who play at 2 p.m. today in Montreal, would likely have to fly somewhere (maybe New York) and take the train down (unless Amtrak suspends service). They could also fly somewhere closer, like Richmond, and try to bus, but that presents logistical (not to mention safety) concerns.

Check back here for more updates as we get them.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 6, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
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Hard to believe that the NHL, Capitals and Penguins orginization would try to push this game along with the city being crippled. Sure NBC would gain ratings because many of the fans won't be able to make it out of their driveway.

Posted by: FishCaps | February 6, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown is playing Villanova now - I guess that means they got folks to work at the VC. Does anyone know whether the Thrashers were able to leave? They have a home game against the Panthers tonight.

Lindsay, I think Richmond has snow, too and I-95 between DC and Richmond is supposedly in pretty bad shape.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 6, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Yikes! If they try hard enough I am sure they could make it!

Posted by: NatyBG | February 6, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Lots of Amtrak service has also been suspended, so not sure that route is an option either. Here's hoping they postpone the game til Monday night.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 6, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Snow in richmond not too bad. We are on bottom end of storm, expecting up to 5 inches. If the Pens fly in to Richmond, maybe I could go over to the airport and wing a few snowballs at Sid.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 6, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Wizards game for tonight has been postponed. Looks like Amtrak has cancelled lots of trains into DC today.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | February 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

No snow at all in NYC--fly to LaGuardia or JFK; bus to Penn Stn; Amtrak to DC--and get Redded Out by the Caps!

Posted by: jhershb | February 6, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Someone on Japers posted a link to an article saying that the Pens are going to fly as close as possible to Washington and then bus it in.

Philadelphia is not a viable option -- they're being hammered as hard as they are here. (It's also 4 hours away)

Pittsburgh is 5 hours from here (and I think they're getting the storm too).

If they come in, it will be to Richmond. So that means getting in at 9:00 pm and, between getting organized and the bus ride, they get into DC at midnight.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

this is what i love about tarik, I know almost every morning i can wake up and get some type of update about something involving the caps. growing up i always hated the skins because they got ALL the coverage and the caps would just get a tiny bit. thanks tarik for keeping us informed, even in a blizzard.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 6, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Penguins Suck

Posted by: SA-Town | February 6, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty bad right now in Richmond. I guess it's supposed to stop some time soon, in the afternoon. So it should be all good to fly in tonight.

If they are flying into RIA, I will go heckle them and throw ice balls at Crosby. And get his signature.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I love TEB too but they will probably move him to cover the Skins eventually like they did with his predecessors such as
Rachel Nichols, LaCanfora, etc...

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe that the NHL, Capitals and Penguins orginization would try to push this game along with the city being crippled. Sure NBC would gain ratings because many of the fans won't be able to make it out of their driveway.

Posted by: FishCaps | February 6, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I just don't understand this sentiment. If the Pens can make it to DC there's no reason in the world not to play the game. I'm looking forward to going myself. I sure hope it happens.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

If the Pens fly in to Richmond, maybe I could go over to the airport and wing a few snowballs at Sid.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 6, 2010 12:22 PM |

We need to assemble a crew of Caps fans to be there when they arrive. Get in their heads.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

There's another big game tomorrow? What, like Toronto-Montreal? What could possibly be bigger than Caps-Pens?

Posted by: Raber | February 6, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Boo Frickin' Hoo. Last year, Pittsburgh scheduled a flippin' Yanni concert during the playoffs which upset the 2nd Round schedule. In 2000, Pittsburgh scheduled "Burn the Floor" which caused the unusual 1-2-2-1-1 format to be used in the playoffs (thereby stealing home ice advantage from the Caps). I think the Red Wings have a comment or two about scheduling at the Igloo during the 2009 Finals too. The Penguins can get their butts here by plane, train, bus, or frickin' sherpa and then suck it up and play. After the crap they've pulled in the playoffs to the Caps and Red Wings, this is a frickin' drop in the bucket. If the team (and fans) whine about how it's not fair, then they can suck on it ... just as they told the Caps and Red Wings last year. At least this is only a meaningless regular season game and not a Playoff or Stanley Cup Finals game. Here, it's Mother Nature and G-d (things beyond the Caps' control) not Mario and Pittsburgh believing their press and acting as G-d.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Update from Lindsay above.

As stated by others, it is simply terrific to get the latest news here about the Caps. Thanks Tarik, Lindsay, Gene, for all the great work.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, I don't think they will be flying in to Richmond. We're getting whomped here too, and the city is absolutely terrible when it comes to clearing snow.

Posted by: capilarry | February 6, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Penguins are flying into Andrews tonight or tomorrow morning. I would think tomorrow morning is most likely.

Posted by: _Tim | February 6, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

you know, there's a taylor swift concert scheduled on 06/02 at VC... I won't mind seeing the Caps playing till then even if that messes up the home ice scheduling

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

lol, I don't care that much about the Super Bowl, honestly. Two boring teams. I just want OUR big game to be played, but it's not looking good. ;(

Posted by: rachel216 | February 6, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

OK Toleffson was traded to the Wings with a 5th for Ville Leino.

OK was then waived.

Big hitter, big body. Don't know much about him though.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Give 'em a map and a sherpa and tell them the puck is dropped at noon whether they are in the building or not. That's what they'd tell the Caps. I'm sure there are some "Yids" from "The 'Burgh" with suped up Camaros who think Washingtonians are over-reacting to this storm and are more than willing to drive the Pens here for a couple of Iron Cities.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@_Tim, do you have an actual link to a story stating the Pens are flying into Andrews (that goes beyond speculation) or are you just being provocative?

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Holy mother of G-d! The Wizards/Hawks game is cancelled!!!! What will we do!

Actually I probably wouldn't have noticed if they didn't tell us.

We were at the game last night and the drive back from the phone booth to Glen Burnie took 2.5 hours at an average speed of 10mph. In hindsight it was very dangerous and perhaps we shouldn't have gone to the game. It was a good time, but I wonder if I'm a bad Dad for taking my kids out in this weather. Can't Rock the Red when you are dead. Well, maybe you can.

Posted by: lornemyoung | February 6, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll sure as heck watch Caps-Pens instead of the Super Bowl. Not only because I'm much more of a hockey fan and don't really care about football but also because the hockey matchup will probably be a better game.

Posted by: greggwiggins | February 6, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Matt. It's time for all Caps fans to suck it up and Pens fans to stop whining. Game on! No matter how much snow there is, I plan to waddle up to my TV set at noon tomorrow, sweat pants and slippers, and see a great hockey game. Number 14 is going to be sweet!

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Also forgetting if it's safe enough for the players (our guys) to travel to the VC. Most of them don't live near the Metro, I assume...and I'm sure they're not on main highways that are actually being plowed. I don't understand why everyone is insistant upon the game being played Sunday at 12 when the VC is free both Monday and Tuesday nights and BOTH teams are off til Wednesday. NBC might not be able to broadcast the game, boo freaking hoo.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 6, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I have no doubt they will find a way into DC to play this game. It may be the middle of the night, but 12 noon they will drop the puck.

My bigger concern is packing the VC. I wonder if Metro will be able to clear the tracks in order to get people there. Am I going to have to walk the two miles to Medical Center or what? Believe me, I will. But I know a lot of folks don't have that luxury.

Posted by: Rainier1 | February 6, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@_Tim

Somehow I don't think the folks in the Air Force will allow the Pens to land at Andrews.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 6, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Just for fun, I checked out the Thrashers site. The only news they have for today is that they'll be hosting a hockey clinic before their game as part of the "Hockey for Everyone" promotion and that their players will be on hand.

Guess they must have gotten out somehow. Or did they?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 6, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Burke family.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I've got it easy -- half mile to an underground metro station.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

FYI, BWI will be taking some inbound flights tonight starting around 5, so I guess the Pens will fly in there.

Apparently the Thrashers had a snowplow escort down to Richmond at some point last night or earlier today, so I think they flew out from there.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@ShariLeigh131 - Rehnquist used to send Hummers to pick up clerks, Justices, and attorneys when snow interfered with oral arguments. The Caps can send Hummers to pick up the players. We Cap fans are a resourceful bunch. We can carpool to the games and metro stations. If they play that game and attendance looks like the Georgetown/Villanova game, we should brace ourselves for being tormented by fans around the NHL for being "weak" and "not real hockey fans."

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

My girlfriend's place (where I am) is in Ballston, and there's not a frigging doubt in my mind that if roads/metro are closed but the game is still on, that I will be making the trek into the VC. What's a little 2 hour walk in a bit of snow (granted at home in Sudbury, Ont., this is not even referred to as a storm) compared to getting to see Crosby and Ovi!!!

Game on people! It's the Caps and the Pens. Suck it up!

Posted by: DaleDUI | February 6, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, no one should put themselves or their families in jeopardy. But the snow should stop this afternoon and there will be an opportunity to open up critical transportation corridors. If you can do so safely, this is an opportunity to show that Caps fans are worthy of their team.

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Yay!!! My husband shoveled our driveway and our street is (somewhat) plowed. I'm going to the Verizon Center tomorrow - and after the Caps win, I'm getting a garden salad!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 6, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Dale. It's "Ovi and Crosby." It is important to get the order correct. But I commend your spirit.

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I really hope the Pens-Caps game is on. The Pens must be tired -- what with playing today and then flying-busing-shoveling their way to Verizon....

Does anyone know where we can watch the Pens-Montreal game this afternoon?

Posted by: caraveli | February 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Penguins cant fly

Posted by: arcassells | February 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I will walk 45 blocks to VC if I have to, just so that I can see Ovi get a hat trick against Cindy.

Posted by: scropion | February 6, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago I had a nightmare. I looked under the NBHL league leaders' stats and I saw Cindy's face at the top of the list of goal scorers with Ovie's name below it. Now world order has been restored. I see Ovie's face staring with confidence from the top rank in both leaders in goals and in points. Now I can die in peace if I have to. Can you believe that he is at the top after missing so many games? And he is leading in terms of leadership abilities with his team on a winning streak since he became a captain.

If he continues, I can't imagine anyone else coming anywhere close to him for MVP.

Posted by: caraveli | February 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The NHL will probably move this game to Pittsburgh and make us travel through the snow.
I hate the Pens!!!!!!

Posted by: Redcaps1 | February 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Ovie already has two Hart Trophies, it's time for him to win the Conn Smythe!!!

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope it is postponed. It may be a huge game, but it's still a game. Let everyone involved be safe: players, media, staff, and fans.

Posted by: JillC | February 6, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say NHL and not NBHL, though maybe it is not a bad idea to start a new league

Posted by: caraveli | February 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

they're gonna try their best to play the game tomorrow because NBC will probably get the highest ratings imagineable for a sunday afternoon regular season game because of the snow storm.

what put nascar on the map as far as TV was the 1979 daytona 500 which was broadcast live for the first time on CBS and the most of the east coast was hit with a snow storm.

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

and the fist fight at the end of the race between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison didn't hurt either...

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Bear vs Baby Pens postponed until Sunday.

Posted by: scropion | February 6, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Burke family.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 1:35 PM
__________________________________

I've seen several such references, but have no idea what this is about. Could someone tell me what happened?

Posted by: TimDz | February 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What about Harrisburg? Central PA wasn't hit that bad. That's only about 2 hours away from DC.

Posted by: MSJPSU0610 | February 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe that the NHL, Capitals and Penguins orginization would try to push this game along with the city being crippled. Sure NBC would gain ratings because many of the fans won't be able to make it out of their driveway.

Posted by: FishCaps | February 6, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I just don't understand this sentiment. If the Pens can make it to DC there's no reason in the world not to play the game. I'm looking forward to going myself. I sure hope it happens.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Is it worth risking the lives of fans that will do almost anything to get to the game?? so, you don't understand that question ?? It's Ok to play in an arena at 50% or less capacity ?? Anyone think of all the tickets holders that can't make it to the game and all the $$ lost by the fan ?? The FANS are the reason they play, without the FANS, there is no $$ to pay the players. Why should the FANS be the one to make the loser in this ?? idiot

Posted by: FishCaps | February 6, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"I've seen several such references, but have no idea what this is about. Could someone tell me what happened?"

--

Brian Burke's son Brendan died in a car accident late Friday night.

Posted by: MartinLocraft | February 6, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

If the Penguins cannot make it to the game, they should be required to forfeit! 14!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 6, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I just don't understand this sentiment. If the Pens can make it to DC there's no reason in the world not to play the game. I'm looking forward to going myself. I sure hope it happens.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Is it worth risking the lives of fans that will do almost anything to get to the game?? so, you don't understand that question ?? It's Ok to play in an arena at 50% or less capacity ?? Anyone think of all the tickets holders that can't make it to the game and all the $$ lost by the fan ?? The FANS are the reason they play, without the FANS, there is no $$ to pay the players. Why should the FANS be the one to make the loser in this ?? idiot

Posted by: FishCaps | February 6, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Agreed with FishCaps, although I think there are better ways to express your opinion.

There is no reason to play the game tomorrow and risk the safety of the fans, players and anyone else involved, it's definitely not a smart move!

Posted by: jogabonito | February 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I love the Capitols my fav team, if the nhl
postpones the game to a later time, on sunday I will watch caps b4 anything or anyone else. Rock the Red go Caps!!!!!

Posted by: jenny18 | February 6, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Thrashers are indeed headed to Richmond. Scheduled to depart at 1440 on their charter and get into ATL around 1600. They've been doing some updates via twitter here.

Posted by: stevorama1 | February 6, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@TimDz:
Brian Burke is the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the US Olympic Team. His son Brendan Burke, 21, died in a car wreck in Indiana on Friday.

Posted by: superswede19 | February 6, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@ MartinLocraft & superswede19:
Sad news indeed. Thanks for the information.

Posted by: TimDz | February 6, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Okay, my log in name is from a couple of years ago when they had dismantled the team, so please forgive it. But anyway, I have tix for tomorrow's game. I am absolutely dying to go, but I don't think I can get out of my neighborhood and if history is any reference, we won't have a plow for days to come. We probably will end up with 30 inches. Praying to God that I can make it to the game whenever it is -- hoping Monday -- better chance of getting out

Posted by: capsfan4toolong | February 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Is OV's +/- getting to the point of being absurdly high? Anyone know what the record is?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 6, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If that other big game tomorrow would only omit half their commercials and all their needless timeouts we could fit a delayed Pens game in.

Posted by: Bartolo1 | February 6, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

On a scale from 1-10 (10 being most pathetic) how pathetic would it be for me to put on my Caps jersey and boo the penguins on the platform from Penn Station here in NyC?

I hope we destroy them. I still want payback on Kunitz for trying to break Varly's clavicle bone last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLQqOYjj_mI

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | February 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think it's irresponsible of the League for the safety of the teams, Verizon Center staff and fans to risk having the game Sunday (all for the benefit of ratings and NBC) when BOTH teams can do it Monday night. This would avoid Planes, Trains and Automobiles of near laughable proportions.

I've always respected Caps ownership and management. They should know better than to encourage people to come out with roads so unclear and public transport down.

Have we really lost our compass so much as a society that we all can't wait a day? It's not like there's no sporting events on TV tomorrow! :-)

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Who smells forfeit? Kidding, kind of...

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

Top 3: Season high
* Bobby Orr, 1970–71, (+124)
* Larry Robinson, 1976–77, (+120)
* Wayne Gretzky, 1984–85, (+98)

So Ovechkin is not going to make the top three. He is having a great season but these are incredible numbers put up in a much different time when goaltenders were not as good.

Also someone mentioned flying into Pittsburgh. I don't think that is an option we got around 10 inches last night and things are all closed down. I think if it happens it will be a flight into NYC or BWI

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

On a scale from 1-10 (10 being most pathetic) how pathetic would it be for me to put on my Caps jersey and boo the penguins on the platform from Penn Station here in NyC?

I hope we destroy them. I still want payback on Kunitz for trying to break Varly's clavicle bone last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLQqOYjj_mI

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | February 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I would pay you a small fee just for the satisfaction ....... DO IT MAN, do it !!

Posted by: FishCaps | February 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Indeed it is sad news to hear about Brendan Burke's accident. (I remember reading an article about him at NHL.com just a few months ago.) My condolences to Brian Burke and his family.

Posted by: Terptwin | February 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

can somebody explain to me a way to get to dc if the game is still going to be played...i use the metro on the red line in shady grove and of course metro is down...does anybody know for a fact the metro will be back up and running in the morning? any help would be greatly appreciated as i would like to make it to verizon center tomorrow!!

Posted by: Brandaman18 | February 6, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the Thrasher game will be delayed to 7:30 tonight. All things considered, that's not too bad.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 6, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

On a scale from 1-10 (10 being most pathetic) how pathetic would it be for me to put on my Caps jersey and boo the penguins on the platform from Penn Station here in NyC?

I hope we destroy them.

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | February 6, 2010 3:10 PM
-----------------------------------------
On the pathetic scale, I'd say it would rank about 1. On the awesome scale, it would rank about +100 million. Most of the time, I'm rational about hockey. Then here comes the Pens and even worse, Pens fan. I hope the Caps destroy them both.

PensFan will dig itself out of the trailer park and be in attendance no matter what.

Posted by: pga6 | February 6, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Thrashers are not expected to arrive before 5pm tonight! They've moved the game back to 7:30 pm (half-hour delay). Can this franchise get a break?

@ matt23185 - I agree COMPLETELY with your posts. Those f-ers from Pittsburgh have a long history of screwing everyone over with their creative playoff scheduling. F them - they can walk to the VC with snowshoes on for all I care. If they're late a minute post noon, that's a forfeit. Whiners!

Posted by: CAP-lanta | February 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Delayed to 7:30? Heard the Thrashers haven't made it out of Richmond yet...not sure delaying the game til 7:30 is gonna do anything.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 6, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Brandman - your most reliable information about Metro operations will be on their website, www.wmata.com. I do not believe they have posted anything yet regarding Sunday rail service.

Posted by: JillC | February 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Burke and another passenger died because of hazardous road conditions Friday afternoon as they were trying to make it back for the Miami home game vs. Lake Superior State.

You'd think this tragedy would give the NHL some perspective regarding tomorrow's start time and the safety of the traveling players, employees and fans. Hmmm? Guess not.

For many of us with tickets to tomorrow's game, it doesn't matter if Metro is running and the main roads are clear. Many back roads won't see a plow for some time--we CAN'T GET TO the Metro or onto a major highway. My driveway's clear, but I can drive exactly two feet before I hit impassable roadway. I have no travel options until Mr. Plow finally does show up, assuming he'll actually scrape the pavement and not run around with his blade lifted up several inches, like during the last few storms. That's fine for a 4-wheel drive vehicle, but not for what I drive.

I'd hate to miss two home games in a row, but I don't know that I'll have any choice; but in that event, at least I know I'll be safe at home. Much as I dislike the Pens, I'd hate to see the league potentially endangering their safety on the roads as well--it's just not worth it.

Posted by: fedup34 | February 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@Matt23185: You gonna come pick me up then, if the game isn't postponed and above ground Metro service is still suspended?

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The Penguins have a pretty decent team full of world class athletes. I don't think that they should have any problem walking in from Baltimore or even New York. ;-)

Posted by: vtavgjoe | February 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@vtvavgjoe,

Yeah, but think of the poor equipment guys. Maybe the tea should carry their own gear, at a good jogging pace. It would be a good training exercise.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Fedup34, that's a GREAT post. It makes all the right points.

I guarantee you if ticket sales were point of entry charge versus "every game is sold out" cuz the tickets are already sold, THIS GAME would be delayed. Problem is...like when the Nats are "sold out" with 5,000 people in the stands...a seat sold is revenue and counts as a seat sold -- whether fans are there or not. So screw the fans, I guess.

I can get to Metro tomorrow...that doesn't mean it's smart to drive there. And that doesn't mean the League should be risking everyone's safety when THERE IS A FREE DAY Mon-Tues. It's not like there are no options here.

The League is desperate for ratings since they've climbed back after the lockout...and like most big business, they'll risk safety to get it until something happens and then the lawyers will swoop. It's the broken record that is modern American culture...maybe NBC will pay the tab?

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I really hope they are not going to postpone or delay the game tomorrow. I want the pens as weary and sleep deprived as possible. I want them to get 2 solid hours of sleep tonight so we can crush them on their own network. Having said that, I want everyone safe and sound out there.

Posted by: Andoy | February 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just have a plow at national and right before the flight lands plow a runway? Sounds pretty simple to me. I mean if they happen to slide off the runway and end up in the Potomac they can swim right? They're Penguins after all!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@shari - oh yes, I too believe that the "7:30 pm" start time is fluid. We'll see.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | February 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

And you already know Cindy is already crying about the snow and the "extra effort" it's gonna take to get here. I hope his tears freeze.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Its hard to reschedule something when you've got a nationally televised game. I'm sure if both teams had their way they'd move it but it's mainly TV that's causing this. Do you think Ted wants to play this game 1/2 full? Against the pens? I think not.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Pens are losing 5-2 to Montreal - anyone think they are looking beyond the Habs to tomorrow?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Watching Pens-Habs on the CBC on Center Ice. The CBC said the Pens staff is thinking of having the Pens fly into Newark and then get to DC. CBC person said Monday was a back-up date. We will just have to wait to see what happens.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | February 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Currently Montreal is kicking the Pens 5-2 with 7 minutes left in the 3rd.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

BUWAHAHAHAHAH! Habs fans are chanting, na na na na, na na na na hey hey hey gooooodbye with over 6 minutes to go in the game!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Habs 5 Pens 2. 5 mins to go.

Posted by: scropion | February 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Pens lost 5-3. I don't think they are looking past the Habs I think that the Habs are a good team and came out hot early.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Crosby finishes at a -2. I'm hoping for a full VC tomorrow afternoon!

Posted by: Raber | February 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I don't like about this game being played on time is that the weather will keep CapsFan attendance down. Not sure if the Capitals ownership would like that much.

PensFan will come in from their homeless shelters and make a lot of noise while they're in a heated building.

Posted by: pga6 | February 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to the Burke family.

C*A*P*S Caps Caps Caps

Cindy is a pretty girl...hehe.

Posted by: zosodave | February 6, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

FYI replay of what I think was game 2 vs. pens last years playoffs...hat tricks for Ovie and Cindy....on NHL Network

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 6, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

HAHA pens lose! That's hilarious! I see Brent Johnson and MAF both played. So Johnny got pulled? I hope we do the same to them tomorrow!! =)

Posted by: rachel216 | February 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

HAHA pens lose! That's hilarious! I see Brent Johnson and MAF both played. So Johnny got pulled? I hope we do the same to them tomorrow!! =)

Posted by: rachel216 | February 6, 2010 5:00 PM

I actually think MAF got pulled based on who was on ice at the end ;-)

Posted by: Raber | February 6, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I remember few years ago Caps fans would sing na na na na, na na na na hey hey hey gooooodbye to Flyers, Pitts, Rangers' fans when Caps were in control in 3rd period. I wish we would sing that again.

Posted by: ATOMIX1 | February 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Okay thanks. I just quickly glanced nhl.com scores and saw Johnson and Fleury both play. Should've clicked on boxscore.. it seems the Pens got into lots of penalty troubles. I REALLY wanna play them now!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Pens announcers were saying that Fleury got pulled because the Pens want to rest him for our game tomorrow.

So the Bears game was switched from tonight to 1:00 Sunday. The question is not "can I get my car out of the driveway to go to the game?" The much bigger question is "After shoveling for 4+ hours (26" here in York County) will I be able to get out of bed in the morning??"

Posted by: tess2201 | February 6, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

FSN Pittsburgh says game is on for Sunday. Pens are flying to Newark and bussing to DC.

Posted by: phil216 | February 6, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Pens postgame show on FSN. They just said the Pens are flying to Newark and then busing to Washington.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 6, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The rest is NOT gonna help Fleury one bit. ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | February 6, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"BUWAHAHAHAHAH! Habs fans are chanting, na na na na, na na na na hey hey hey gooooodbye with over 6 minutes to go in the game!"

na na na na...na na na na... hey hey hey...au revoir

Posted by: j762 | February 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

A bus? Doesn't that seem lee practical than a train? Aren't trains still running? Having flown, trained and driven to NY from DC, I would think the safest route would be train if any are running and they typically run but at a much reduced schedule due to lack of travelers. In this case they know the Pens will be here so you'd think they'd have a train but oh well. I could care less how they get there just as long as they get there. Safely would be nice as well.

No excuses. IF this game is played tomorrow there is no reason we shouldn't pound these flightless birds!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Just out of curiosity, does anybody know if Ted was at the Georgetown game this afternoon?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand why they would fly to Newark. They can fly to BWI. There is a runway open there. I assume the BW parkway is plowed all the way into DC.

Posted by: hockeymom03 | February 6, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Is it worth risking the lives of fans that will do almost anything to get to the game?? so, you don't understand that question ?? It's Ok to play in an arena at 50% or less capacity ?? Anyone think of all the tickets holders that can't make it to the game and all the $$ lost by the fan ?? The FANS are the reason they play, without the FANS, there is no $$ to pay the players. Why should the FANS be the one to make the loser in this ?? idiot

Posted by: FishCaps | February 6, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Geez, @FishCaps, I'm not sure what I said to you that made you think you should call me an idiot. I believe the only thing I said was that I don't understand the sentiment for cancelling the game if the Pens get here. Despite your hyperbole, I still disagree with you. I don't think that makes me an idiot, just a person with a different point of view.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's wishing the Penguins enjoy a slow, meandering, bumply and sleepless 8 hour bus ride to Washington, arriving around 2 a.m. at their hotel.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | February 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...it's gonna be longer than a 4 hour ride for the Penguins. Philly/South Jersey is getting just as slammed with the storm. They've already got 27 inches up there, and from experience lemme just say, they aren't much better at plowing up there.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I've been driving around in this for much of the day (and drove to the game last night), and I have to say that driving is manageable for those of us with 4WD. The main/secondary roads here in close-in VA suburbs are fairly well plowed--although the side streets look ugly. This is mostly because main street plowing has left a 2ft barrier to cross. I think those who have 4WD can just add weight to the back and drive cautiously. For 2WD and low clearance vehicles, all bets are off right now. For what it's worth, I've parked on city streets for the last two seasons and only had a fifteen minute walk to VC. It was no different last night. This being said, I wouldn't mind seeing a postponement of a day or two to fill the joint.

Posted by: maalesh | February 6, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Does the saftey of the employees who might be required/forced to travel to and from work at the VC Sunday, the paying customers who pay everyon'e salaries and of course the respective team's personel come into play at all in determining if the game shouils be cancelled or is it simplt a matter if the Penguins can arrive to DC in time for the game to start?

Posted by: Riddler1 | February 6, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Does the saftey of the employees who might be required/forced to travel to and from work at the VC Sunday, the paying customers who pay everyon'e salaries and of course the respective team's personel come into play at all in determining if the game shouils be cancelled or is it simplt a matter if the Penguins can arrive to DC in time for the game to start?

Posted by: Riddler1 | February 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Riddler1 they played a basketball game there today so whatever staff they need to do that can get there so there is no reason to think the Caps game will have staff issues.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Riddler1, you ask the right question...but dont even bother. They have their money and NBC wants it's ratings...don't buy into the "family" hype, because no one is looking out for you or the VC staff....it's a harsh truth, but I challenge anyone to prove it different

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

BWI is open for incoming and outgoing traffic. Like it or lump it cyndy will still cry about the travel and NBC will give him a megaphone and and binkie.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | February 6, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

icehammer97, they played a basketball game to an empty crowd...it was like watching an old Soviet-show trial. Do the fans and Ted really want that many empty seats on national TV when there is a PERFECTLY FINE option for both teams Monday night???? This is all about NBC. Period.

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

a 2 hour flight, an hour to unload/reload and then a 4 hour bus ride, unpack, hotel, sleep... Yeah, they'll be well rested.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 6, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Your PROD update. (PROD is minutes of ice time per point scored). As of last night, Capitals had six of the top 30 in the NHL in this stat, and three of the top six. The only players better than Backstrom at this so far this season are the two Alexes, the Vancouver twins, and Joe Thornton.

In this list, only those who have played in at least 30 games so far will be included, and this does not include any games today I don't think:

1. OVECHKIN 13:04
2. D. Sedin 13:44
3. H. Sedin 13:56
4. SEMIN 16:02
5. J. Thornton 16:08
6. BACKSTROM 16:24
7. S. Crosby 17:10
8. P. Kane 17:47
9. M. Gaborik 18:00
10. B. Richards 18:27
11. D. Heatley 18:30
12. I. Kovalchuk 18:31
13. E. Malkin 18:37
14. S. Stamkos 18:41
15. FLEISCHMANN 18:48
16. P. Marleau 19:22
17. Z. Parise 19:34
18. M. St. Louis 19:38
19. D. Alfredsson 19:43
20. E. Staal 19:45
21. T. Connolly 20:03
22. V. Lecavalier 20:09
23. KNUBLE 20:16
24. A. Burrows 20:21
25. A. Kopitar 20:22
26. FEHR 20:25
27. M. Hossa 20:44
28. P. Elias 20:55
29. R. Getzlaf 21:19
30. T. Plekanec 21:21

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, whoever decides this will have a bit of history in mind. On December 30, 1986, a bus carrying the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL to a game in Regina crashed, killing 4 players, including Brent Ruff, younger brother of Lindy Ruff. Also on board the bus were Joe Sakic and Sheldon Kennedy. For many years the Swift Current jerseys had a four-leafed clover emblem on them to commemorate the young men who died. It's a freaking game, folks.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | February 6, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, whoever decides this will have a bit of history in mind. On December 30, 1986, a bus carrying the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL to a game in Regina crashed, killing 4 players, including Brent Ruff, younger brother of Lindy Ruff. Also on board the bus were Joe Sakic and Sheldon Kennedy. For many years the Swift Current jerseys had a four-leafed clover emblem on them to commemorate the young men who died. It's a freaking game, folks.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | February 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear BWI's open. I'm looking forward to getting on the Metro and seeing tomorrow's game.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"icehammer97, they played a basketball game to an empty crowd..."

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During the few minutes that I watched, it looked pretty well-attended, especially for a Georgetown game (which don't typically fill the joint). I live right near the VC and can tell you from first-hand experience that the area was VERY active today. The snow has pretty much subsided, so between now and tomorrow morning, I'd imagine a lot of work will be done on major and secondary roads. I'd also imagine that the VC will be 90% full for the Caps game tomorrow...

Posted by: MartinLocraft | February 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Re my earlier post, I omitted a significant fact. The accident was caused by snowy/icy roads.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | February 6, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I play hockey at the Skate Nation rink in Dale city, I should say I used to play there, the roof caved in today. It will be closed a long time.

Posted by: billd2 | February 6, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

quirrel1991-
Yes, well said. I was trying to be neutral and look for feedback. I think it's one of the most irresponsible things the NHL/NBC buffones could do is force a game to be played in the midst or aftermath of a blizzard. I fully expect the dollar signs to be the sole determiining factor to rule in this matter as oppopsed to the safety and well being of all people who need/should be at the game. As with most matters that require a common sense approach, dollar signs will instead prevail. Unfortunately, it will take a high profile accident that kills a player or family trying to attend /return from the event for appropriate action to take place for future events/situationsd like this. Another black eye for the NHL.

Posted by: Riddler1 | February 6, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

That bus ride from Newark is four hours on a good day. I'd guess the Peenies ride will be closer to six or seven. But the Caps have played more games in the last week. I'd say it's a wash.

Posted by: kevbnyc | February 6, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

@squirrel1991 Did you watch the whole Georgetown game or just the ESPN coverage of the shoot-around? By the second half, the entire lower bowl was full. The announcers commented, towards the end, that the building seemed full.

Also, would people stop whining about NBC making the call? The league is looking to build new fans off of Ovechkin and Crosby. This game is hockey's center piece and this date was chosen to make a move for an audience far wider than DC and Pittsburgh. The league and NBC are businesses, the game on Sunday makes them lots of money (and feeds league revenues which, ultimately, keep the Cap up, and thereby give the Caps more money to keep this team together). One of the burdens of being fans of a center piece team is putting up with stuff like this. Those of us who suffered through the Shoenfeld and Cassidy eras will gladly suffer through the snow for this kind of burden rather than where we were before Ovechkin, Backstrom, and GMGM appeared.

To those of you who are worried about YOUR safety, there are hundreds of Cap fans who are willing to take your tickets. If you are so scared, go to the Caps Ticket Exchange and sell your tickets. Otherwise, put a lid on it, put on your Red, cheer for the Caps, and prove to an international audience we aren't a bunch of self-important, bandwagon jumping, whinebags. Prove to the hockey world we ARE worthy of this team and this team is worthy of us.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with FishCaps about Sonyask's intellectual prowess. There is no way she (I assume Sonya is she) is an "idiot."

I have no opinion re whether the game should be canceled, although I would like to have some actual figures re how much of a risk to life not canceling the game would really cause (minus the risk already inherent in driving to the game under non-snowy conditions of course). I suspect FishCaps of engaging in histrionics, but it's only a suspicion at this point.

I lived there a long time, and I never had any issues about driving around in snow and ice, no matter how bad it got. People die on occasion as a result of traffic incidents. It would surprise me somewhat to hear that snow in the DC area increases the traffic fatality rates. If anything, I would think fatality rates, at least per day, would actually decline the snowier it gets, and my reasoning is that the snowier it is, the fewer folks are on the road and the slower people tend to drive.

I've been walking around outside in shorts and a T-shirt all day, down here in San Antonio, and I am looking forward to seeing the game tomorrow on TV.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

MartinLoCraft, I'll refer you to NorthFork1 for comments.

I'm glad you live near the Verizon Center. I'll refer you to all of the other fans on here that don't and can't walk there. then you can use the DC line, "everyone should live in the city..."

I'm guessing a vast majority of fans DO NOT.

Still...all the points about the VC operating are useless...the League's decision to bus a team 4 hours on icy roads to appease NBC is about the only thing worth noting...

And the Georgetown game was not crowded...go check the blogs.

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess there's a big gulf of opinion over whether it's a "life or death" situation out there or, rather, whether it's manageable.

I tell you what this is not -- it's not the widswept plains of Regina friggin Saskatchewan.

I spent much fo the day digging out like most others. My small street in DC has been plowed and we have access to major thoroughfares. I have no plans to drive to the game tomorrow, but instead to take Metro. I realize that it may be a tougher haul for some and that they may decide not to go, to sell their tickets, or to e-mail them to friends who are more accessible to the game. Sometimes things get in the way of being able to make the game.

My seatmate last night reports that it was rockin, despite a lot of absences. He got home safely and I have yet to hear of any Caps fans who were killed or injured heading home in treacherous conditions last night.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be no logical reason for the Caps/Pens game to proceed sunday, even if both teams get there..

Metro has already announced no above ground rail above ground and no buses. So, what's the point if the people who've supported the Caps all these years are blocked by weather from attending one of the marquee games all season??

While they might be ABLE to play, it's not right to make people risk their lives to try to get there because the NHL and the Caps are too stubborn to postpone it until Monday.

If they hold this game as scheduled and people die or are injured it has no legal bearing, but their deaths will be on the collective organization.

Ex.

Posted by: expert47 | February 6, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Kings win 9th in a row after trailing the Red Wings 3-0. They broke the tie with 3 minutes to go. Amazing how when you're on a streak, it seems nothing can go wrong.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 6, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

No above-ground Metro service tomorrow...

Posted by: thepostischeap | February 6, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Four-Broncos---The-Story-of-the-Tragic-Bus-Crash-That-Killed-Four-Hockey-Players&id=2982287

The Broncos' bus was an old, crappy one that skidded off a highway. As this article indicates, modern buses are typically too heavy to just skid around on highways. I think with a careful bus driver, it will probably be OK for the Penguins to bus to DC.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

There have been all sorts of travelling accidents throughout time. Pointing to a bus accident 24 years ago isn't convincing. The Marshall plane crashed, well I guess all airplane travel involving football teams should be cancelled.

If the highways are in too condition to be traveled then the bus should pull over and wait for the highways to be driveable. However, since the snow has stopped and highways are the first roads plowed and salted I don't think it will be much of an issue.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 6, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Matt23185...

Thanks for the Economics lesson. I was a finance major, I understand that just fine. :-)

I lament a rather embarrassing show for Caps fans tomorrow in the stands. I'll be there, actually. But I think many people will not, and that's a poor statement of support for the fans and their safety on a marquee event of the year. It's the fans that pay these organizations....not NBC. At least not the majority. I'm sure NBC gives Bettman a good bonus though.

As for the League making money...who cares? I could care less what they make. As long as there's demand, they'll have a business. And if they can't manage their business accordingly, they'll be replaced. Just like many other jobs in this economy. Leagues can fold too. There's some Adam Smith for you (he wasn't a hockey player, BTW) Frankly, if you're a pure businessman you'd argue for zero cap and let teams fight it out. Then you'd see real businesses like the Yankees, Skins and Cowboys that don't need to worry about revenue. that's "pure" economics at work.

So guess what...I actually agree with you. I don't mind the cap on salary. Or the league getting better known. But not at the expense of common sense. And that's what this is.

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

@Sonyask,

Having spent time on the "widswept (sic) plains of Regina friggin Saskatchewan", you're absolutely right. It's different here than it is there. But icy/snowy roads are dangerous in both places. My only point is that safety should trump all other concerns. If it's deemed safe by whoever gets to make the call, great. If not, then they shouldn't play.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | February 6, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for the workers at VC who will have to show up for the game tomorrow but as far as the ticket holders, it's just a friggin' hockey game, a regular season game at that - just one of 82 even if it's against the Pens, if you don't feel safe about making it to the game then just don't go.

it shouldn't be a tough decision to make.

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

One more thing: In the 30+ years Metro has been open has it ever been closed for more than one day? No. They are going to close the system tonight and will work overnight to clear the tracks and the stations. The above ground stations will reopen tomorrow morning because that's what ALWAYS happens after a blizzard. THEY NEVER REMAIN CLOSED MORE THAN 12 HOURS. Meanwhile, VDOT, DDOT, and MDOT have been preparing for this for a while. The trucks *are* out there and they are clearing the main and secondary arteries. Those will be cleared by 2 or 3am because that is what ALWAYS happens. By the time we head to the game at 9, 10, or 11, the main and secondary arteries will be clear.

There's a good chance your subdivision will have a plow go through sometime EARLY tomorrow too.

After reading this message board, I know where all the bread, milk, batteries, and toilet paper go the first time Doug Hill says, "there's a chance of snow sometime in the next 12 months."

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

And you have to know when you buy your ticket that there might be a snowstorm in DC in early February, that Metro might shut down, and that the game is nevertheless unlikely to be canceled. It's just part of the deal. It's not part of the deal in Miami or LA. It's more a part of the deal in Boston and Vancouver.

I dunno. How many NHL games ever get canceled? There is plenty of bad weather in NHL cities every year I'm sure.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

@Expert47

If you, or anyone, feels that they would be risking their lives to get to the arena then they should make a mature decision and stay homw and watch the game on TV.

But it is a joke with so many people saying they are risking their lives to get to the stadium. Lets not over exaggerate everything please.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 6, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy: Re the PROD calculation. Wow--what does that make the minutes of ice time per goal for the first line?

Posted by: hockeydad | February 6, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

My sister is taking a train in about few minutes from New York to DC. I don't understand why they would take bus???

Posted by: ATOMIX1 | February 6, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

"I'm glad you live near the Verizon Center. I'll refer you to all of the other fans on here that don't and can't walk there. then you can use the DC line, "everyone should live in the city..."

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I wasn't stating the fact that I live near the VC as a way of saying everyone should live here. I was saying I saw first-hand the amount of people around for a college basketball game (many of whom, I'm sure, do not live in the vicinity), and it was pretty impressive considering the conditions. I'm sympathetic towards ticket-holders who physically can't get out of their neighborhoods, but I can guarantee you that people will show up in droves tomorrow, whether they drive, live near the Metro or have to walk a mile to the closest station.

That's just my opinion, and if it's proved otherwise tomorrow, I'll be more than happy to eat my words.

Posted by: MartinLocraft | February 6, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

@squirrel1991... the league basically folded in 2004/05 and reformed itself around Ovechkin and Crosby.

Every single argument on here for why they should not have the game tomorrow centers around "what might happen" and "what they should do." I'm sure there are going to be fans who have accidents on their way to the game and they will blame the Caps "oh, if they hadn't had scheduled the game, I never would have been in the accident." How about everyone take responsibility for their own actions, recognize snowy roads are slippery, and use common sense when driving? I'm sure most of those people who blame the Caps for their accident would have an accident anyway and find someone other than themselves to blame for that one too. Drive AWARE and be smart. Don't do 55 mph in this but don't be a brake jockey. Don't take a short-cut because there's a good probability it hasn't been plowed. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the game. But, ultimately, take responsibility for your own actions. It's not the Caps fault if someone gets in an accident, it's the person behind the wheels' fault.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Pens can play the Devils or Rangers tomorrow because they won't get to DC. Maryland DOT has told drivers to stay off I95 because of road conditions and abandoned cars. You can only get to the game if you live near an underground Metro stop. I would have to walk 2 miles to the Clarendon on ice tomorrow am. Remember temps are dropping to 10 degrees and even SUVs slide on ice. None of the area DOTs are prepared to get things passible by morning.

The teams, NHL, and NBC are needlessly putting lives in danger to hold this game. Postpone and let everyone enjoy it when conditions are safer. Someone with sense needs to stop this madness.

Posted by: alumzsh | February 6, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Matt32185...

Not picking on you, but apparently Metro already announced no above ground service tomorrow...so you would be incorrect.

And Ted's grand, "Public transport is up and running for the fans" gesture falls on flat ears...no it's not running. Not if you live from Ballston out or on the MD side.

It also means local VC workers can't get a bus to their metro station.

But NBC will get their ratings and the NHL will make some bank. Good job!

I was horribly saddended to hear today that Brian Burke's son died in a tragic accident in icy conditions trying to hurry back for a hockey game; may he RIP and condolences to the family...I'm glad the league seems sympathetic to human life after such an event touches someone so close to them...even if they're not sympathetic to fans that now don't even have public transport options...

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

@hockeydad, well, I dunno.

I am not exactly sure how to respond, but I guess the main thing I want to say is that the PROD stat considers goals + assists.

Minutes of ice time per goal scored is something I actually do on occasion look into, just for fun, but that does take some time because no website really has that, so I have to pull the ice time stats and the goals scored stats and line them all up for each player and then play with Excel a little. It's not that simple.

Sometimes I like to look into just points per even-strength minute of ice time too (and goals per even-strength minute too). Because most of the folks at the top of the PROD list get plenty of power play time and not all that much PK time. Not that it's a bad thing to score on the power play, but it is a little easier than normal, so it's interesting to see what happens to the scorers at even strength.

But, my best attempt to answer your question I think is this. If you just want to smush the total PRODS of current first-liners Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Knuble all together into one big PROD, you would end up with 15:43, which if it were one player (Ovnubstrom?) would be in 4th place on the PROD list.

If you substitute Semin for Knuble, which I guess for now is kind of the Caps' third period desperation first line (which Caps haven't had to use much lately), then the total PROD of the combination of Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Semin would be 15:01, which would be even better than Ovnubstrom's.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I actually hope the police close the road and don't let the Pens bus get here....maybe it takes State authorities to call others to sensible solutions.

The force of law.

And apparently MD police are closing parts of I-95 completely...

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 6, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Matt. If you're so concerned about your safety stay home. It's that simple. Will it kill you to miss 1 game? For me, I never let snow stop me. After all folks this is hockey right? Metro is pretty spread out through the DC area, drive to an underground station and go from there. Like many have mentioned the roads 16 hours from now will be much different then they are now. You can't do anything about it so do what you can which is either stay home or suck it up, have fun and go. If you're not going just post on here you're not and I'm sure there are plenty of people willing to take your tickets. Just don't give/sell them to Pens fans.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I watched the 2nd half of the G'town game and the lower bowl was packed. The annoucers said the place was at least 70% full. I wasn't there but that's what I have to go off of. All TV shots of the lower bowl were packed. They didn't show shots of the upper bowl but they kept commenting about how full the place was. Hard to not believe what they kept referring to.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Also I'm not so sure it'll be as empty as people think. The snow has stopped for the most part from what I can hear. The trucks will work all night. It's a Sunday and people who are going are well prepared for it and know it'll take a while to get there so I'd be surprised if the place isn't pretty full.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

@squirrel1991, you should definitely not go to the game.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

What's the story on Varly? Is he in goal at Hershey today? Ican't find anything on AHL sites that keeps you abreast of an on-going game. Where can I watch this game or track it as it goes on?

Posted by: caraveli | February 6, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

1.) Couldn't agree more with the people who realize that this an important game to showcase the NHL on network TV, with two of the league's superstars facing off against one another.
2.) The snide comments are expected, but I'd think you would appreciate the Pens are clearly making every effort to get to an inconvenient game in challenging conditions. Crosby won't whine, but instead will say something like "this is a game a lot of fans have had on the calendar for a while, and we as players and the league owe it to them to give them a chance to see it yada, yada, yada..."
3.) The storm is over today and the game starts tomorrow. By then, it's not going to be possible to drive a bus to VC from New Jersey via I-95, the beltway and Route 50?
4.) NBC will fall all over themselves praising the loyalty of the Caps fans who show up. And the ones who make the effort deserve it.
5.) What else do you have to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Posted by: Jumpy66 | February 6, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

@ caraveli

I think someone said earlier that the game was postponed till tomorrow

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Chicken Little poster now that we need him?

Somehow, I think if there are any Sabres, Leafs, or Habs fans reading all this they must be laughing their as**s off.

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Ottawa's streak may be about to end. Its 3-0 Leafs, but its still early. Colton Orr scored a strong KO as well.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 6, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

To all the whiners about the game tomorrow,

Put on your big girl panties and quit yer b*tchin

I would give my eye teeth to be able to see the game live but can't as I don't live in the DC area. I was in DC suburbs for several major winter storms up until the mid 90's and never had any real problem getting around within 12 hours after the end of a storm. This includes both pre and post Metro days. If you are not comfortable driving in adverse conditions, then don't but don't expect the world to wait for you or to change because it makes you unhappy. The game will be played whether you want to make the effort to be there or not. All this whining makes you look and sound like penguin fans.

Posted by: fromthebeginning | February 6, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

JUST PLAY THE DAM GAME!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 6, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The Bears game will be played tomorrow. No word yet if Varly will start.

From Tim Leone:

French didn’t announce a starting goalie. Semyon Varlamov, rehabbing a knee injury, practiced with the Bears Friday.

"It’s a wait and see," French said.

The Washington Capitals recalled Michal Neuvirth and reassigned Braden Holtby to Hershey. Holtby would loom as an obvious possibility to start against WBS if Varlamov doesn’t.

"It was the first time on the road with the big team," Holtby said of his NHL recall. "It was fun to be a part of that. Obviously, I’m kind of looking forward to getting back here and playing a game or two. It was the first time in my life I ever sat three games in a row."

There had been speculation that rookie Holtby might start Friday night for Washington against Atlanta.

"I was actually thinking maybe I might get one," Holtby said. "They just told me my chance will come."

Holtby backed up Jose Theodore in Washington’s Thursday win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. That was Washington’s 12th victory in a row.

In Hershey, the Bears had a 12-game winning streak before the current nine-game streak.

"It’s a bit different in the fact that here in Hershey, we kind of destroy teams in the fact that our offense is quite a bit better than most teams," Holtby said. "Not to say that it’s come easier here, but up there it’s quite a feat.

"The games are really close and they’re battling for everything there. It’s pretty amazing for both teams. It shows how much depth there is in the system with the Caps."

Posted by: tess2201 | February 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Ovie would be laughing at all of us now if he read this board. Cant get to a hockey game because of some snow?!? I mean that guy puts it all out there for us every game, and in return all people are doing is talking about themselves and how they cant get to the game because there is snow on the roadways and how they will lose money on their tickets. It is not about the fans. It is about the organization and the city they repersent. One of the biggest games of the year is tomorrow against our biggest rival all to be showcased on national television, and this is the kind of fortitude our fanbase provides for the occasion. Pathetic.

Shame on all of you would be postponers, and if you have tickets and there is any way possible you can get to the game, you'd better be there. The guys wearing the red on the ice do it for you night in and night out, now maybe you can return the favor.

Posted by: rademaar | February 6, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if this means anything... but a chartered flight left Montreal recently. (BSK 392) and is headed to IAD right now with a touchdown time in the next hour... It seems the Pens may be coming directly to DC, not Newark....

Posted by: Iheartthecaps | February 6, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Years ago during a bad snow storm a airplane hit the 14th street bridge and metro had a subway wreck the same day but the Caps still played that night. January 13, 1982 they tied the Oilers 6 to 6.
If all this happened in one day, some snow should not stop the game.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 6, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I'll be at the game. This is one of the reasons I always keep a 4x4 around. I drove around my neighborhood in Loudoun today and it was deep, but wasn't unmanageable. I've seen much worse driving to seven springs mountain to go snowboarding.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 6, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear sanityh is beginning to prevail!

Go Caps!

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Good grief. What a lot of whining about snow. My family comes from the South so I understand the panic that sets in when this area gets snow (tho' why all anyone ever buys at the supermarket is perishables I'll never understand!!!!).

HOWEVER, I have lived in many far far colder places that have much more snow and ice and brutal winter conditions below 0 degrees. And I did get out of my house.

Just use common sense. Don't go onto the roads if you are not sure. We chose not to go to Friday's game, not because we couldn't drive in the snow but because we weren't sure how well-plowed the main roads would be and how many cars people would abandon on the highways when we left if the snow began to fall as reported.

For Sunday, we are playing it by ear. If our neighborhood gets plowed then we will take our 4-wheel drive car into DC with confidence. The worst of the storm is already over. We have our power back and our sidewalks are shoveled.

As to hockey players being stopped by the snow--get real. These guys mostly grew up and learned to skate in areas with real winters with subzero temperatures. If the plane and bus works they will be here. If they have to make an adjustment and fly into a different city, they will. This is not a blizzard by northern standards.

And schedules--whether the Game of the Week and aired on NBC or not--cannot be changed willy nilly. I seem to remember back early in the season Vancouver's (I think it was the Canucks) gear, especially the goalies' pads etc.--going up in flames in a van shortly before a game (don't remember the team) and they still managed to hold the game.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the Buffalo locals would think about the pansies on this board. lol. They get ~20 feet of snow per year and I doubt any Sabers games get canceled.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 6, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@rademaar

Not just Ovi but the whole team. I'm fine with people not going in if they are not comfortable driving in icy conditions--that's just practicing safety first--but the hyperbole about how dangerous it is for the Pens to get here or the Caps to hold game anyway is ridiculous. This is a winter sport!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Juice scored for Columbus!

JUICE JUICE

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

About tomorrows game, I don't like this situation. It all just seems like a recipe for disaster.

Posted by: superpaqman | February 6, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

If someone doesn't want to go to the game, I will drive from richmond right now and take your tickets. I won't buy them, but I will take them and drive to the game.
Thank you in advance.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

o all the whiners about the game tomorrow,

Put on your big girl panties and quit yer b*tchin

I would give my eye teeth to be able to see the game live but can't as I don't live in the DC area. I was in DC suburbs for several major winter storms up until the mid 90's and never had any real problem getting around within 12 hours after the end of a storm. This includes both pre and post Metro days. If you are not comfortable driving in adverse conditions, then don't but don't expect the world to wait for you or to change because it makes you unhappy. The game will be played whether you want to make the effort to be there or not. All this whining makes you look and sound like penguin fans.

Posted by: fromthebeginning

You speak like you know everyone's situation and they are all is the same. This was NOT your typical NoVA snow storm - this was an epoch snow event.

I have two tickets I will be eating because my street has yet to see a single plow and the snow is 3ft (now a 3ft tall wall of FRICKIN' ICE). No way I can drive out 25 miles to the game.

I WANT TO GO and I PHYSICALLY CAN'T MOVE FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD!!! THIS SUCKS!!!
$250 UP IN SMOKE!!!

Posted by: vanzal1 | February 6, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I live in NYC and it has been clear up here all day so the pens will have no problem flying in but it will be a long bus ride.

Rest will definitely be on the Caps side tomorrow.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 6, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

lheartthecaps - is this serious? source?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This is a hockey game, it is never going to be canceled over only 3 feet of snow.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 6, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

VANZAL - you're more than 12 hours away from game time dude. I'm sure if you're only 25 miles out you'll see a plow between now and then.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey richmondphil somehow contact vanzal1 their are your tickets.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 6, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Yep, if he agrees to it, I'll drive there right now and pick up his tickets. I need 2 of them though.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Comment from Hockey Night in Canada (after a player fails to complete a potential scoring play):

"....that would have been Ovechkin-like"

Maybe they do like him?

...and its 4-0 b4 i can type this

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 6, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

4-0 Toronto over Senators. Kessel scored.

The Maple Leafs are energized by this Phaneuf trade.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a great feeling about tomorrow either with the streak and all. The one good thing is the Pens will have a long trip here, and they played a game earlier today.

Ottawa is getting worked.

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | February 6, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I have a fantastic feeling about tomorrow. Caps are the best team in the NHL right now. Yes, they will have to work hard. Penguins are fairly weak these days. Nonetheless, we should be up for it.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

@heartthecaps- The Miami Air International charter w/ the stupid pens arrived in Newark about a half hour ago.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BSK392

Dulles is closed until 8:00am tomorrow morning.

Posted by: rademaar | February 6, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I share your feeling as well. I'm a little concerned about the Devils though, but thats for another time.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 6, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Yep, if he agrees to it, I'll drive there right now and pick up his tickets. I need 2 of them though.

Posted by: richmondphil

====================

Did you read the dang post ... I WANT TO GO!!! I hoping and praying for a plow to show up overnight.

The other option is you can drive me there and circle the VC until the game is over.

I paid $250 to sit in section 408 - that's how much I wanted to go.

Posted by: vanzal1 | February 6, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface1208

the source is:

www.flightstats.com

Posted by: Iheartthecaps | February 6, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Sabres must be a little relieved to see Ottawa losing. They've lost three in a row and are down 2-0 to CBJ.

I'm just not sure Buffalo has enough breadth to their team to be a major threat deep.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Nothiong about hockey...

I forgot to thank Lenny Skutnik:
Lenny Skutnil is generally known for an act of heroism following the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in the Potomac River, Washington, DC. At the time, Skutnik was a US government office assistant. During the rescue operation of passengers from the crashed plane, one passenger, Priscilla Tirado, was too weak to grab the line dropped from a helicopter. Hundreds of people were watching, including emergency services personnel. Skutnik saw the situation, and stripped off his coat and boots and, in short sleeves, dove into the icy water and swam out to assist her. He succeeded in getting Tirado to the river shore, from where Tirado was subsequently taken to hospital, saving her life.

Lenny you still are the man. You risked your life for someone you did not know.

THIS IS A TRUE HERO!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 6, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hockey night in Canada just reports that Pens landed in Newark.
Sitting here waiting for my street to be plowed...

Let's go Pens!!
Safe travel tomorrow all.

Posted by: LEM66 | February 6, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

@rademaar

My info must have been wrong (or outdated). Thanks for clarifying!

GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Iheartthecaps | February 6, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm thrilled the Pens landed! Let's go Pens? wrong board dude. Their having no more luck tomorrow than they did today.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

@LloydChristmas:

If you've watched the Devils recently you wouldn't be as worried - Marty has looked ordinary. They're down 3-0 to the Rags tonight and were down 3-1 to the Leafs yesterday when they made that miraculous comeback to score 3 goals in the final 3 minutes. But I don't know what effect Kovalchuk will have on them - we'll probably have to see after the Olympic break.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 6, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Pencils!

DevilsCaps(?)gal :)

Sounds good. I'm more concerned with the playoffs. Teams really bring their A game, and the Caps have had some trouble with the Devils this year. Sorta...

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 6, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The other option is you can drive me there and circle the VC until the game is over.


Posted by: vanzal1 | February 6, 2010 8:51 PM |
Haha, I Knew you'd say something like this. :)

Don't worry, you'll find a way to get there. Walk to the closest major street and taxi it or something.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 6, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

My feeling about the Devils is I'll worry about them come playoff time. I take the season one game at a time and we have no more games with the Devils. It's the Pens now.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Man are these tickets really in demand? I should've sold my pair. I would definitely unload them for $250

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 6, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

2Iheartthecaps
FlightAware has Pens BSK392 landing at Newark (KEWR)at 8:22 (not IAD)

Posted by: joelmd | February 6, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fromthebeginning

You speak like you know everyone's situation and they are all is the same. This was NOT your typical NoVA snow storm - this was an epoch snow event.

I have two tickets I will be eating because my street has yet to see a single plow and the snow is 3ft (now a 3ft tall wall of FRICKIN' ICE). No way I can drive out 25 miles to the game.

I WANT TO GO and I PHYSICALLY CAN'T MOVE FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD!!! THIS SUCKS!!!
$250 UP IN SMOKE!!!

Posted by: vanzal1 | February 6, 2010 8:26 PM

No, I don't know your specific situation. I am just a little disgusted with the absolute max level of whining and histrionics over snow. Yes it is very high and very unusual, but if you can't go then fine, just don't go but neither the Caps or the NHL owes you for not being able to do so and for you or anybody else here to think otherwise is just juvenile. Read the disclaimer on the back of your tickets if you think otherwise.

Posted by: fromthebeginning | February 6, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I bought tickets for the game and I don't see why the NHL can't postpone the game until Monday night. I live in Fredericksburg and it just isn't safe to go up to the game. I feel bad I probbably won't be able to use my tickets, but it beats getting into an accident. One more day would make a world of difference. NBC and the NHL would rather have ratings than safe fans and players. That is the feeling I get from this experience.

Posted by: kungfuml | February 6, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Satellite Hotstove on CBC said the Pens have landed in Newark so it is looking more like the game is a go tomorrow. Not sure why some think that if it is is physically impossible for some to make it to the game that it is either embarrassing for a smaller crowd or those who can safely make it are more loyal or those who can't need to put on big girl panties. We all don't live in the same counties, have the same transportation options, live near major roads or underground Metro stations, or live where the snow plows have cleared the local roads.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | February 6, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@sonyask
Sorry, not wrong board dude.I am a Post subscriber and as interested as everyone here about this game.

Posted by: LEM66 | February 6, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@iheartthecaps- Your welcome! Flightaware is the best site for tracking flights, they have a record of literally every IFR-filed flight plan in the country. Notice they had the yesterday's first leg from Pitt to Montreal in the flight designation history at the bottom of the page...

Figure if the stupid pens are leaving now from Newark, what is normally a three and a half to four hour drive will be six, putting them in Washington around 2:30-3am. Good for the Caps!

Posted by: rademaar | February 6, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

First time poster but the comments made me finally register. I live in Hagerstown and I am a long time season ticket holder. Wouldn't miss this game for anything. Roads way out west here are pretty good and quite passable. My very secondary road is down to the pavement. They spend an amazing amount of time pre-treating. Everyody should make a decision for themselves but there should be no shock that this game will be played. It is hockey after all.

Posted by: capslove74 | February 6, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

That's one of the drawbacks for living in the sticks. That's part of the things you have to consider when you choose where you want to live. You're HOA fee is probably half of what mine is, so I should get plowed before you. Sorry, just a fact.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 6, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

And I'm quite sure the Caps will bring their A game to the playoffs too. They have learned thus far how to win with confidence as the frontrunner--the team others are gunning for. The Caps have their weaknesses as do all teams but I feel confident that they will raise the level of their game and be more disciplined for the playoffs. And the streak will end but NOT tommorrow. I REALLY want the Caps to have another statement game against the Pens. I want our guys to bring their best against them.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I bought tickets for the game and I don't see why the NHL can't postpone the game until Monday night. I live in Fredericksburg and it just isn't safe to go up to the game. I feel bad I probbably won't be able to use my tickets, but it beats getting into an accident. One more day would make a world of difference. NBC and the NHL would rather have ratings than safe fans and players. That is the feeling I get from this experience.

Posted by: kungfuml | February 6, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, man, but I just don't think the NHL or NBC owe you this. The game is scheduled for tomorrow. No one needs to be unsafe.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Cabin fever has really set in on most of us, eh? We're now sniping at each other. Those of you who are worried about getting there, shut up, get in your car, and get to the damn game. Those of you (like me) who are sick of the whining, shut the heck up, and get in your car and get to the game. Great, can we now focus on how we are going to torment Sidney?

I think we need to go after his credit score. I mean, the guy is making millions and the best he can do is get housing in his bosses' basement? His credit score must be worse than that guy in the Free Credit Report Commercials. "Crosby Sucks" is what they do in Philly. We're DC; we're smarter and more creative than that. How about some signs about how Crosby took his mom to prom? Is it me or does Malkin look like Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein? How can we let Ed Olczyk come through here without a good "Edzo got fired" chant? How about a banner taunting Mario that even Bud Selig doesn't want him. (Isn't getting rejected by Bud Selig worse than getting rejected by the fat, ugly friend at the end of the night?)

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, man, but I just don't think the NHL or NBC owe you this. The game is scheduled for tomorrow. No one needs to be unsafe.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Have you not watched the news today? All I have heard and seen is "Stay off the roads" There has been accident after accident. People have been getting stuck left and right. Power lines and trees have fallen.

Posted by: kungfuml | February 6, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Sens down 5-0 to the Leafs now. Yikes, I how that's not how we break our streak.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

don't really care how many people will be there at the game tomorrow... I'm just grateful that power hasn't gone out here even though there's no sign of plow trucks :)

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

@LloydChristmas
I wasn't complaining about living in the sticks, in fact I was praising the raod clearing efforts. If my HOA is half of yours than I get a great deal.

I agree we should stop sniping it's going to be a great day tomorrow!! I hope as many of you that can come do No fear I will scream loudly enough for all of those stuck.

Posted by: capslove74 | February 6, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

@kungfuml: Wow. So, the NHL, NBC, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and a bunch of fans should pause their schedules until YOU (and a few others) get plowed out AND feel safe on the roads AND deem everything safe enough for everyone to use? Firstly, it's not all about you. There are one or two other people who are impacted by this game. Secondly, look up the word solipsism and then tell us what you think. Now, brush the sand out of your va... get in your car (or walk to the end of the street and meet a friend with 4 wheel drive) and get to the stinkin' game. The more you whine like that, the worse you make every single one of us Caps' fans look.

Do you really think other fans are focusing on those of us that are sucking it up and going to the game? No. They are pulling quotes out of here from people who are whining about the game taking place tomorrow and using those quotes as evidence ALL Cap fans are whiners who don't really get hockey. Look at what we do to Penguin fans. 90% of them just love the Penguins, respect Ovie, and don't really give a crap about the Caps. One or two make idiotic statements and we label ALL Penguin fans like that. You don't think they do the same to us? So, shut up and stop giving other teams fuel to come after us. Never forget: when you speak, you speak for all of us.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I am a Bears season ticket holder, but I live about an hour away from Hershey on a back road. Every season I miss three or four games because of bad weather, snow and/or ice. The games go on without me. That's a chance I take when I buy the tickets. Hockey is a winter sport. Yes it would p*ss me off if I only bought tickets to one game a year and had to miss it because of the weather, but again, that's a chance I take when I buy the ticket. It's winter...snow happens.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 6, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes for people who don't know how to drive in winter conditions and during the snow storm. Main roads are already clear and plowing will continue through the night. Tommorrow should be fine.

The Sens streak is about to come to an end against the Leafs. Trades do shake things up don't they.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Matt23185 - At one of the games last year, my daughter texted to the screen "Crosby has whine flu". It was maybe a little ill-timed seeing has how the flu was just starting to panic people, but people all around us pointed to it and got a kick out of it. It only came up once, so I think it might have been censored.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

@Matt23185:

I've asked before and I'll say it again. I dont have a car. Metrobus isn't running. Above ground Metro service is not running, therefore I cannot get to my closest Metro. As I want to get to the game and am one of those complaining since I cannot get there - no plows have been along my road, are you going to drive me? Honestly that goes for the rest of you too - if you are near Old Town, I'm willing to offer a free ticket for a ride. I dont want to miss this game but apart from walking 8 miles to the VC, I've got no other options.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 6, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

mass hysteria!!! ;^)

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 6, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@sonyask

Cold shiver reading your post. But given how well the Caps met the Pens challenge two weeks ago I have trouble imagining the Caps not getting revved up for tommorrow's game.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

@Matt23185
What a moron you are. Of course it is not about me, it is about the 18,277 fans going to the game not to mention the players and the people who work at the Verizon Center.

And I am not a Caps fan.

We'll beat you guys in the playoffs like we always do. You will choke like you do every year.

Posted by: kungfuml | February 6, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

The Pens landed in Newark at 8:22 PM tonight so at least they are on the ground ready to make the bus ride to DC.

Posted by: baaylward | February 6, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

ShariLeigh131:

Call a car service or you have to know at least one person with a truck or an suv that could do you a huge favor, when there's a will there's a way.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 6, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Come on Cap fans, come through for ShariLeigh. Not kidding on this one. If there's one thing I've learned about being a Cap fan through the past 30 relatively lean years it's the core sticks together and takes care of one another.

ShariLeigh, head over to the Caps website and make a posting about looking for a ride on there. I guarantee someone will come through for you. We Cap fans take care of our own.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Sabres, Devils, Senators all drop one tonight.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

@sharileigh
Call a cab and go to the nearest underground metro station. Also the Metro will probably be running above ground by tommorrow.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Needed to post because a number of you are sounding off like Caps fans are only found in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. For the record, I flew out here to visit family and to watch the Penguins game on Sunday. No, postponing the game until Monday or Tuesday is not an option. F you people for even suggesting that they postpone the game until Monday or Tuesday. I leave for Los Angeles Monday afternoon and no, I'm not going to leave until I see the Penguins get their a$$es handed to them. No, Pens, start walkin'. We'll wait. Be prepared.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 6, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

the comments here are fascinating.
Believe it or not there are folks in the region a lot worse off than not being able to get a ride somewhere.
For example, no electricity since early this morning, temperature inside now approaching the temperature outside. A couple of feet of snow in the driveway and street not cleared. No way to easily get to some place warm.

Now will y'all please come back to earth and let's talk hockey.

Is GMGM really going to stand pat? What is the effect of the olympic hiatus going to be on players? etc.?

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 6, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow the snow has taken its toll on tempers. Earlier today the argument was about the Capstronaut. Now its about whether the game should be played. If it WASN'T a network game, on Super Bowl Sunday, when a portion of the viewing audience is stuck at home because of snow, and featuring the league's 2 dynamic stars... the NHL may have been okay with the postponement. But because of those reasons they want the game played, and it will be. It's business. I know it's a bad break for those who can't get there.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 6, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Metro is below-ground only again on Sunday, so that option is out to some. Be resourceful. If you WANT to go to the game, find a way. It's not that big of a crisis.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@kungfuml -- so... *you* are looking out for the safety and well being of every one of the fans, workers, and players who will be at the game. *You* know better about how they can be safe and can get to the game than they? *You* are simply looking out for their well being because, if left to their own devices, *they* would take chances and, possibly, injur themselves. I stand corrected; you're right, solipsism isn't the right word here.

I don't play for the Caps and, I'm guessing, you don't play for the Penguins. Therefore, unless I eat something that I don't chew properly during the playoffs, I don't think *I* will be choking. And, I don't think *you* will be beating any NHL team in the playoffs... as *you* don't play in the NHL. Perhaps, the team you cheer for will win; but, really, that doesn't mean *you* did anything.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Is GMGM really going to stand pat?

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 6, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse
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Until the trade deadline comes around and I see that McPhee has not made any moves, then I will believe he meant it. I've learned not to trust GMGM anytime he says there's nothing in the works.

Posted by: elicea | February 6, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

@kungfumi

Are you kidding. If you are a Pens fan why are you on this board whining about how the game should be moved because of the weather. I have a lot of respect for the Pens and love it when our beloved Caps play them. You give Pens fans a bad rep with your drivel.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

ebolean 1 - I, for one, hope McPhee keeps this team intact. It's true bringing in players can add a spark if needed (Feds, Cooke, Huet).
This year, we are much different... not on the outside looking in, and the young kids we had then are a few seasons wiser. I think we have what it takes and would hate to see anybody traded at this point. Also, I think it is important to keep the emphasis on resigning those we want to keep.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"Build it they will come"

Have a nice safe trip Pens......the train wreck your running into tomorrow is the CAPS!!!!

Rock the Red !

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 6, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Pens ETA 1:30.

They boarded the bus in NJ

9:30 bus to the VC in the AM.

GET YOUR SNOWBALLS READY!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 6, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

FYI, that was the latest from Hockey Night.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 6, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Whatever inconveniences and affects the performance of the Penguins before this huge match-up is fine with me.

Here's to a long, inconvenient (but safe) trip for the Penguins. *Chug*

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | February 6, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@kungfumi Penguin fans don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to whining about moving (or not moving) a game. Just think about to last year's playoffs when the Caps and Red Wings went ape over scheduling conflicts at Mellon Arena that upset the playoffs. The Penguin fans were real sympathetic then. Shut up and, if you've got tickets, put on your jersey and get to the damn game. When you're there -- cheer FOR the Penguins and not AGAINST the Caps. You'll find Cap fans are a lot more respectful of opposing fans when those opposing fans cheer FOR their team and don't turn it around and cheer AGAINST the Caps.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I am making snowballs to throw right now. Sure have enough snow!!!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 6, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a winter sport, folks. It snows in winter - not usually so much around here, but it happens. When you buy a ticket to a February game, you run the risk of the game happening without you when the weather gets nasty. It sucks, but that's the way it is. The snow stopped several hours ago, the DOTs are working around the clock to clear the roads, and they're making good progress.

If you're in the minority that will literally have no means by which to get safely to VC, my heart goes out to you, but the Capitals, Penguins, WS&E, NHL, and NBC are not obligated to rearrange their schedules for you. If it makes you feel any better, I'm not a STH and not wealthy enough to afford the re-sale tickets, so I'll be watching it from the couch too.

Posted by: Arlington09 | February 6, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup -- that's the kind of creativity DC should have. The "Crosby Sucks" stuff is too simple. Whine flu, bad credit, mom to the prom, Malkin got a 2 on his AP Physics exam, the only reason Edzo's employed now is because of the stimulus bill, Crosby needs a nightlight... come on Cap fans. We're the most educated bunch in the NHL. Let's put those high priced undergraduate and ridiculous graduate degrees to work here.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 6, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't think GMGM will stand pat nor should he... this team has still has one major weakness, the PK and he will have to address that.

congrats to Russ Grimm for finally making the football HOF, better late than never

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan

Glad you're back posting.

I hope you enjoyed Sasha doing well during January. Hope you enjoy seeing your family.

I hope we can make the game. The good news is .... we are shoveled out. We were working on ours when some guys were driving around offering to clean our driveway. I took them up on their offer, figuring it was worth it. Otherwise, we'd have been out there much longer.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 6, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Again, no trades, please. You don't fix the PK by bringing in new players. You work the system with who you have. It's more the coaching on this one than the players themselves. Also, aside from the Ranger's game, the PK has shown improvement and Bruce seems pleased with their performance.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I just figured it out, kungfuml is Sid!

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | February 6, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Arlington09 - Keep an eye on ticketexchange. Perhaps the snow will keep some of the less adventurous STHs home and more will become available at a better price. I just checked and $75 will get you in section 403. Also, probably not too much of a gamble to catch the scalpers right before game time.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

the Caps are ranked 25th... let me repeat that, 25th outta 30 teams in PK... 79.6 percent, NOT even 80 percent!!

that's simply pathetic and after 2/3 of the season already over, it's NOT a coaching issue anymore... it's a personnel problem

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

joek443 - I thought they had improved to around 20th (still not great) but they're improving and winning games. A better bet would be to stay out of the box in the first place,eh?

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

On a good note about the PK. We are ranked 3rd in PK on home ice. I would rather have a set four guys on the PK. I would only use Semin and Flash if we were looking for a shorty.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 6, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

you can't have 4 guys playing 2 full minutes of PK, if anything just about every coach wants to shorten the shifts on the PK whenever possible to keep the guys fresh.

think about this - in the playoffs they will be facing better defensives teams which means their PP won't be as effective. conversely the weakness in PK will be exposed even more because again they will be facing better competition night after night.

the fact that they can't even get over the 80 percent mark which is the absolute minimum for any NHL team is a very bad sign.

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

So, since the Pens PP is struggling so bad, I guess they need to get Crosby, Gonchar, Malkin, etc... some needed help? The Caps/Bears have plenty of talent between them. I know the stat doesn't look pretty right now, but can you find out their % over the last 20 games or so? I still believe the key is to stay out of the box in the first place with disciplined hockey. They have improved that aspect of the game as well.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Okay. I will move on from my obvious stance about keeping the team intact for the season.

You know, so much is made of the Ovie/Crosby rivalry. I know it's mostly due to the 1st pick thing, but how about Backstrom/Crosby instead? Our Swede has quietly established himself as one of the premier centers and, in ways, it seems to be a more fitting "rivalry".
Centers and wings have such different responsibilities and it kind of taints the argument. I say give Nick some of the attention he deserves, and put him up against Sid.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

arlington09, since you don't invest in this team, then you have no idea what you are talking about. Without those of us BUYING THE SEASON TICKETS, again people NOT posting as arlington09, then there would be no Washington Capitals. I don't think anyone could have anticipated that the biggest game of the season would also fall during the biggest snow storm of the past HALF CENTURY. Now go back to your crappy basement and watch the game on TV. Better yet, F'ing die.

Posted by: edsmit1 | February 6, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

So how are people getting to the game if your roads aren't plowed and you aren't near an underground Metro?

Car service? Cabs? Are there any that are running? We're in old town right on the GW parkway, and the main roads are plowed but the condo complex is not.

Posted by: wahoo_Mike | February 6, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

you would think that a big guy who can really skate such as Chimera would make a good PK forward but I don't think he's part of the PK unit.

Steckel and Gordon aren't really speedy enough to be good PKers.

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

On the PK, I hear that Bruce tries to use several shifts of guys, in order to avoid the problem of the same guys being there for the entire 2 minutes. He figures that fresh legs are helpful.

At least their PK has been better at home but there were two really bad games (both away), in that department: the Rangers game that they recently won and the Tampa Bay game they lost. On those two occasions, it seemed that every time a guy got in the box, the other team scored.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 6, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

wahoo_Mike, I'm a STH from Annapolis, and I have *NO CLUE* if/how I'm going to get to the game. It is looking rather bleak at this point.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | February 6, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

edsmit1 - You are both full of yourself and have anger issues. I mean... "F'ing die"? Just because somebody feels the game should go on? I have been a STH at times (when I could afford it) but never felt the team existed because of me.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Matt23185
How many posts have you made on this thread today saying the same thing over and over again? I don't have an hour or so to tabulate the answer. Do you have a life outside of your crusade of the day and single minded agenda/attacks against anyone who dares to post a concern that fails to jive 100% with your exagerated opinion of self-importance on the matyter of Sunday's game?

Posted by: Riddler1 | February 6, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

@ gonchpup

as far as Backs/Crosby, I don't look at things quite that way.

when these two teams face off against each other, Backs and Ovie will be facing the Staal line of the Pens and Crosby and Malkin will be facing the 3rd and 4th lines of the Caps most of the time.

that's where the Pens have an advantage. I think the Caps have narrowed the gap from last year but very few teams still can match those 3 centers of the Pens.

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow we've gotten to the "just die" comments now. Classy.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 6, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I Don't live in D.C. anymore, but I drove through a Blizzard the night of the Air Florida crash in the 80's and the Beltway was deep and unplowed. I think there were only about 3500 of us there, but I never regretted a moment of it. I am sorry I will not have a chance to trudge out tomorrow(2400 miles away), but I'd be digging out all night or whatever it took like plenty of you fan's will tomorrow.
I'll be watching on the tube and I expect to see(and hear) plenty of you dedicated(crazy) fans there.

Posted by: OldFan | February 6, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

joek443 - I agree that their 3 top centers are probably a better package than our top 3. I was just referring to a head-to-head comparison of Backstrom to Crosby, Our#1 center vs theirs - not just in points, but how well they are playing their positions (defensively as well). I just think Backstrom has been awesome this year would like to see him get more recognition.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 6, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Gonchpup, hockey is probably more dependent on their season ticket holders than any other sport because it doesn't have the TV revenue. Thus, we pay the salaries and yes to a large extent the team is here because of us. Sorry you don't agree but I'd challenge you to tell me otherwise. As far as the F'ing die comment, probably overboard (I don't want the guy to really die), but I think people that have tickets to this game and can't go should be outraged. Some clown who doesn't even buy season tickets telling me to just suck it up because 'hey it's February' isn't going to make me feel any better either. There is THREE FEET OF SNOW outside my house and I know I'm not the only one. Ted talks about owning a sports team being a 'Public Trust'. How is this good for the public? People will be risking their lives to make it to the game tomorrow. I'm not being over dramatic.

Posted by: edsmit1 | February 6, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

arlington09, since you don't invest in this team, then you have no idea what you are talking about. Without those of us BUYING THE SEASON TICKETS, again people NOT posting as arlington09, then there would be no Washington Capitals. I don't think anyone could have anticipated that the biggest game of the season would also fall during the biggest snow storm of the past HALF CENTURY. Now go back to your crappy basement and watch the game on TV. Better yet, F'ing die.

Posted by: edsmit1 | February 6, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh get over yourself, you pompous prick. I've been bleeding Caps colors since my family moved here when I was 12 and they were playing at Cap Centre, and I attend games as often as I can find tickets (usually 20+ games per season). Your folder of tickets does not make you better than me, and it doesn't change the fact that all of the businesses involved are not obligated in any way, shape, or form to change their schedules to meet your precious needs.

Oh, and I live in a house (and not in the basement) within easy walking distance of an underground Metro station, so since you're obviously not going to be attending, feel free to send those tickets my way so they can be put to good use.

Posted by: Arlington09 | February 7, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I could give two bleeps about how long you've been a fan. This is the biggest snow storm to hit the area in FIFTY years. And I don't think I'm better than you, but yeah if half of your fanbase won't be able to make it to the biggest game of the year, I think they should be taken into consideration. Not sure how that's trying to meet my "precious needs". Again, since you don't have a dog in the fight, my advice would be to STFU. As a season ticket holder, I don't need somebody who's not footing the bill trying to tell me how I should feel.

Posted by: edsmit1 | February 7, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Edsmit1--- well put.

'nuff said.

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 7, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

edsmit - I understand the frustration of those with tickets who cannot make it to the game, but I do not think it is in Ted's hands. The NHL is considering the overall picture - TV revenue, scheduling issues, etc... the Pens, in fact, just played in Montreal and are flying/bussing their way here as we speak. They are doing all they can to make this happen. Without arguing this to death, players salary is not funded as much by STHs as one might think. The Caps organization does not sell all of it's seats to STHs. I THINK 1/3 are left for individuals. Also, a large chunk of revenue comes from the sale of Caps merchandise throughout the region. If this was not the case, how did the Caps survive the lean years (not too long ago) when the arena was virtually empty?

Posted by: gonchpup | February 7, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Message to Ted. The State of Maryland tells us its not safe to travel.I have a ticket to the Penguins game but I can't get out of my driveway??? The Wizard game was canceled? shouldn't the Caps game be canceled out of concern and the safety of the fans?? Will money win out over safety or will the NHL do the right thing and cancel??? If the game goes on I hope Leonsis and Mcfee have to eat all the food connsessions cause i doubt there will be many fans in attendance. NBC May televise the game live from VERIZON CENTER but the seats will only be half filled and a lot of us will be Damn mad because Leonsis and the NHL-NBC crowd didn't consider the safety of the fans

Posted by: duckyjimpond | February 7, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

wow - just wow.
the nhl, the caps, the pens, ted - don't owe any STH anything other than providing a source of entertainment. if someone chooses to buy a ticket to an event (any event) - those that make the event to the public are under NO obligation to re-schedule said event for any reason. should the super bowl be reschedule because some in the mid-atlantic region can't get there? didn't think so. if someone chooses to not attend because they believe it is safer not to travel - then good for you. you should do what is right for YOU. it doesn't mean everyone else that has some form of investment (nhl, caps, pens, nbc & fans that choose to go) in the game should be subjected to having the game rescheduled. just because i subscribe to center ice does not give me a voice or a vote in how the nhl operates, the same is true for any STH. for any STH that feels they are not getting their entertainment dollar - you should feel free to relinquish your tickets to someone that might appreciate it a little more.
sorry if i hurt some of your feelings.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 7, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what you think and I could give two shiny bleeps about your season tickets. They might have meant something back when the Caps only had a few thousand, but not so much nowadays. You're outraged that the Caps, Pens, WS&E, NHL, and NBC won't move their schedules so that some yuppie from the far-flung burbs with his panties in a bunch will be able to make it to *one* game? Fine. Don't renew your tickets. There's a waiting list and I'm sure they'll have no problem filling your seat. If you're not willing to make that jump, then STFU and clear some space on whatever couch you'll be watching the game from.

All this time you're spending spouting your superiority on the internet is time you could be using to grab a shovel and prove just how invested in this team you are. I bet you could make a lot of headway in 12 hours.

GFY.

Posted by: Arlington09 | February 7, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Gonch, a franchise can't exist without a solid season ticket fanbase. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's the ONLY source of revenue but a lot of people woud have to be buying several hundred dollars of merchandise to even come close to the revenue generated by season ticket holders. That's not even taking into account the merchandise that season ticket holders buy themselves. And during the "lean years", it was widely speculated that this team could move elsewhere.

As far as the NHL making the decsion, I have no doubt that their making the decision to play, but if Leonsis says "we aren't playing, I don't want to put my customers lives at risk coming into an area that's been declared a snow emergency" or something to that effect, what could the NHL do?

It doesn't matter, there gonna play the game. They don't care about us and I gotta get up at 7 to start shoveling if I have any prayer of making it to this game. But you're right about one thing, I do have anger issues. :)

Posted by: edsmit1 | February 7, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

To everyone....

there's been a lot of anger flying on the boards today -- including from me -- but in the end we all bleed red (admittedly Cindy might bleed pink). Our guys are taking the ice tomorrow. Let's support them! :-)

Anger should be directed at the NHL. Not at Ted or the team. And the NHL deserves it. Bettman should have been forcibly removed a long time ago for following a feckless, greed driven strategy that tore away the fabric of true hockey and turned it over to the likes of NBC and the money machine....yeah, that's harsh. But they deserve it. And this rather hurried decision to force a game under ANY conditions was their doing, NOT the Caps doing. Clearly Bettman doesnt live here, he has no idea how poorly this area handles snow....even comparing DC to buffalo or Canada is a joke...id like to see them enjoy our summer humidity...;-)

We all know this is purely about money and that's it. And that's pure NHL under Bettman. If we're gonna be angry, direct it the right way.

But SUPPORT OUR TEAM.

Go Caps!

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 7, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Note to fellow Annapolis residents: There is currently a city-imposed restriction on motor vehicle use, in effect through the end of Sunday.

According to the mayor's Twitter account: "Only emergency vehicles & snow equipment are authorized to drive on roads. A beer run does not qualify as a big enough emergency to drive."

I'm guessing that a Caps game also does not qualify, unfortunately.

BTW, I hope these recent vitriolic comments are not aimed at me. I haven't said anything that should anger anyone, and I'm not claiming to be better than anyone here on this blog.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | February 7, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm getting up a little earlier, borrowing my sister's jeep, and driving down to watch our boys whoop up on the Pens. I think there will be a larger crowd than some might think. Plenty of tickets available on ticketexchange. Even several weeks ago there were a slew available, and for inflated prices. Seems many STHs would rather make a profit on their tickets than attend the game. What's with that?

Posted by: gonchpup | February 7, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Capt_Kirk_in_AZ, please don't ever own a team that I root for, for I'm sure you would run it into the ground. Thanks

Posted by: edsmit1 | February 7, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

edsmit1:
don't worry. if i ever own a team, you won't be allowed to root for them. that way - i'd have a better chance to succeed. your welcome

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 7, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

How cute. Little Neuvy was one of 3 stars on NHL's site. I bet he starts tomorrow.

Also the Devils and Sabres both lost. Good news. I am glad that poor Rangers and Atlanta--both of whom we beat--won tonight, though.

Posted by: caraveli | February 7, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

The point is, if the governor of your state says driving around is dangerous and risking your life. I think its safe to say that we arent just making up stuff.

Say what you want about us 'whiners' but the point is, its the worst snowstorm in ages to hit this area and just today there were 80 something accidents in virginia and 200 and something stranded motorist.

As to whether it is tough cookies for us season ticket holders who cant get there or not. I think what is clear, is that safety for fans is not the most important thing to the NHL, NBC, and Ted. This is not your usual snowstorm.

Posted by: kld34 | February 7, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

I bet the roads will be much better than people think at 9am. I also bet there is a lot more people there than people think.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 7, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

snow happens suck it up

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 7, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Do you really think NBC is behind this? They could air a rerun of the Winter Dew Tour or some Olympic story and get better ratings than the NHL. It's all Buttman, folks. It's all Buttman.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | February 7, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

As someone who grew up in an area that got MUCH more snow EVERY YEAR than the Mid-Atlantic did in this ONE storm, one big difference is that they are prepared for the snow when it snows. The state has more snow plows; the counties have more snow plows; and the local communities have more snow plows. They also have enough people who know how to USE those snow plows, as they use them several times per year, not once every two or three years as around here.

I once took a trip to the Traverse City area in Michigan at the end of January. From late Friday to late morning Monday, there was an almost constant falling of snow - about 18" worth of snow fell in less than 65 hours. The roads (even the 'back' roads off the main state highways) were plowed and dry. The reason? They KNOW how to handle snow, and are prepared for it.

Is that the same situation for this area?

NO.

What kinds of snow accumulation is this area accustomed to?

At BWI, winter of 2003-04: Total of 18.3"
Winter of 2004-05: Total of 18.0"
Winter of 2005-06: Total of 19.6"
Winter of 2006-07: Total of 11.0"
Winter of 2007-08: Total of 8.5"
Winter of 2008-09: Total of 9.1"

So, about 28.6" total IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, not all at once. And BWI usually has about 50% more snow recorded than National Airport (f--- calling it after Ronnie Raygun)

Call the Mid-Atlantic pansies about snow, but then again, most of the Canadian, Buffalo-area, etc., population would not survive in the Mid-Atlantic summer with the heat and humidity either.

Posted by: critter69 | February 7, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Go Caps! Pens suck..

Risk your lives to Rock the Red! It is worth it...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 7, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

What the what? An article of love for Sid Cyrsbaby? Not happy about that WaPo. Crush, kill, maim destroy the Pens and Sid Crysbaby.

BTW, no streak versus streak for the Caps/Sens, the TML 5-0 over the Sens yesterday.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 7, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm all about driving in the snow to get there. This is hockey weather ladies and gentlemen. We want to be a hockey town, this is part of the deal. :) But by all means, if you can't drive in the snow, don't chance it. I don't want you to hit me on your way to the game.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 7, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone driving in from the Burke/Annandale/Fairfax City area have room for two loud red-clad fans? I have two streets to dig through to make it to Braddock Road.

Posted by: MyJobsMyCredit | February 7, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Just go out to the main street in your Caps Jersey and hitchhike...you will get a ride...no doubt....

Posted by: SA-Town | February 7, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

@ Capsfan75: Tears to my eyes with the way Sasha has been playing. Freakin' amazing. Though I think I could have done without the image of our friend skidding into Neuvirth last Friday. Oh...crap. I was more concerned about the number of muttonheads wanting him traded for that mistake.

Cousins felt that I was a little naive with the whole "I'm sure we can get to Verizon Center tomorrow if we start walking." Doubt they appreciated me pushing for that but still. =P I want to be here when the Caps kick the crap out of the Penguins. I want to help rock the red while a bunch of Pens fans sit uncomfortably next to us, p*ssed off that we're scoring and the Pens are too busy shaking their heads while Crosby goes whining to the referees about the imaginary penalty he feels the Capitals deserved for hitting the puck too hard into the net, putting their goalie's life in danger. Pfft, c'mon Caps' fans. Start shovelin'. By all means, if my cousin and I see you guys needin' some help with that snow, expect a helpin' hand 'cause Verizon Center is going to need all hands on deck. Let's not wank out because of the snow. We're made of stronger stuff than that!

C-A-P-S! Caps, Caps, Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 7, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe everyone is being so harsh with each other about the snow. People need to start looking outside of their own needs and desires. Sure this area doesn't handle snow well--evident because the plow has not made it to my little suburb so we can't get my car out. And we live near an above ground metro station but not that far out of DC.

I'm weighing the advantages/possibilities of walking to a friend's house on a street that is plowed and asking them to drive us to an underground metro. Or we could just rock the red on NBC. Either way we will still enjoy the game even if we have to eat the cost of the tickets.

BUT at no time am I blaming others for this freak winter storm. Or expect the entire NHL to shift its schedule to accommodate local fans. Schedules cannot be changed that easily. Nor is it fair to other teams and other situations. Canceling a game is the very last option, and the decision has much larger ramifications than just can the fans get there on time. And believe me this is out of Ted's control.

Bottom line the ONLY consideration is if the players and other needed officials can get there. If so then the game will be held. It's not about us the fans--it's about the teams and the players.

If we want to be considered a serious hockey town then we fans need to stop whining about the snow and cheer for the Caps in whatever venue we have, even if it's the television set in our family room.

And let's remember this late night bus trip for the Pens could be an advantage for the Caps--they will be more tired from sleeping partly on a bus. As true Caps fans don't we want our team to have a slight advantage here? (I say slight because this is not the first time teams have had unexpected travel issues and have learned to accommodate themselves. Hockey players don't whine!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan

Enjoy the game and cheer loudly for us too. If we didn't have a 9-year old I might start walking the several miles myself to get there myself.

@CapsFan75 and LeftCoast

Watching Sasha play during this streak has been wonderful. Even when he goofs I loved how he and Neuvi could only laugh at each other. Reminded me of Theo's mishandling of the puck in the last Pens game and Ovi trying hard not to laugh and saying that one will be on the bloopers but not to worry about it.

The guys being able to laugh at these moments just highlights for me the easy confidence the team has to get that goal back and the great camaraderie the guys have for one another.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Whew!! got power back in time for the game!!! Don't care about the Superbowl, but missing a Caps game would be a tragedy!

Posted by: capscoach | February 7, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

@Capsyoungguns...

It's a shame, actually, that you think and accept this is not about the fans. You have drunk the kool-aid of Buttman's NHL. I feel bad for you.

Without fans, the teams and officials wouldnt be playing with each other on the ice very long. And fans rescued this sorry bunch in 2004-2005 when they couldnt manage themselves properly.

Not said in anger, but a lesson worth remembering.

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 7, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

The decision to hold the game was up to the league and NBC who could care less is only 10 people showed up. I accept that I cannot get there today and have missed games in the past. This snow storm was different. While Leonsis can post snarky blog entries about how it is hockey weather, notice how he is not making any offers for refunds or exchanges for those who cannot make the game. This would have been a golden customer service opportunity and build loyalty, esp for those with individual game tickets. But no surprise to me that this was not done.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | February 7, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

It's illegal to drive in Annapolis, my neighborhood is 100% untouched by a vehicle of any kind, and most of the area is under a declared state of emergency. I have tickets, but I'm not going to risk my daugther's life - and I'm a confident snow-driver (Jeep Wrangler that I use as a Jeep, not a mallcrawler). With both teams off over the next two days and the VC's schedule open, it's only about NBC and the $$$ they'll lose. Very sad.

Posted by: msmccormick3 | February 7, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

It's about fans. And money. And the fans watching on NBC. And the money they pay, their sponsors pay, etc. Let's not fool ourselves into thinking we're watching pond hockey.

Yeah, today is less than ideal. But it's a national game, and there are many hockey fans in places that aren't snowed in who want to see this game. And sponsors buying ads targeted at those fans. And so forth.

So all we can do is trudge through the snow, fill our arena and Rock the Red!

Posted by: EricCarr | February 7, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It's not good to generalize. Clearly there are two teams eager to play today. Clearly there are Caps fans who are passionate about the game and their team. Hats off to them. And then there are the rest, who are behaving just the way I remember Caps fans: total spineless whimps fretting over s-s-s-s-s-snow.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | February 7, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

It make no since to get upset with GMGM or Ted. They are in a NO win situation. If they cancel people will be upset, if it is put off untill monday or tuesday, some people will be upset. The game was origally scheduled for today, so the game is a go for today.

About the PK. I was referring to having a set 4 (up front), years ago the Caps had Kelly Miller and Glenn Currie as one pair up front and then Doug Jarvis and....?? Gould maybe? I think we need to pick four guys and stay with them.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 7, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

@rademaar:

"Figure if the stupid pens are leaving now from Newark, what is normally a three and a half to four hour drive will be six, putting them in Washington around 2:30-3am. Good for the Caps!"

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Pretty good estimate. According to nhl.com, they arrived at the hotel at 2:15am.

Posted by: chrisd3 | February 7, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

@squirrel1991

This is about two teams out of thirty. The schedule is horrible for all the NHL players. At times brutal. With all types of travel and weather headaches.

If Bettman (and I do leave Ted out of this calculation as he has no NHL decision-making power) decided to reschedule because of snow it would have to be ONLY if the players and officials themselves couldn't make it. Or the venue couldn't be used.

If Bettman started making scheduling decisions based upon whether fans could make it to the game then every team in the league would start making their own fan-based demands looking for every scheduling advantage for their own team. This would lead to chaos. The NHL has to treat each team equally and not give an advantage to any other them once the schedule has been set.

Ultimately it really is about the teams, the people who help make the game happen i.e. the officials, and the venue itself, can it be used. It is about all 30 teams playing 82 games to determine who gets in the playoffs.

We fans are only a piece of the NHL business and really should have no part in determining the schedule. Fans are not an unbiased Solomon-like group.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

About the PK. I was referring to having a set 4 (up front), years ago the Caps had Kelly Miller and Glenn Currie as one pair up front and then Doug Jarvis and....?? Gould maybe? I think we need to pick four guys and stay with them.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 7, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure who Glenn Currie is... Kelly Miller and Mike Ridley were always a pair... they came over from the Rangers in the Bobby Carpenter deal a year after the Rangers upset the Caps in the playoffs. Probably the most disappointing playoff series that I can remember

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Jumpy66: We're sending you to the Doofus Brigade. Haven't sent anyone there in awhile, but you just got drafted.

Head over to the Supply Dept. You'll need a uniform, private first class. Also a Don Cherry beret, some boots and a rifle.

You are assigned to Company S, the Semin and Schultz bashers. What, you didn't bash either player? Well, "S" also stands for "Snow Removal," which is what you'll be doing. So, in addition to the above mentioned supplies, you'll be getting a snow shovel. The brigade commander, LarryDavid, needs his sidewalk shoveled, so you can do him first. Then you can shovel Lemieux's walk. Yes, he's a Doofus too (based on the way he fought Bobby Gould).

I'm sorry for you that we get to root for Ovechkin and you only get Crosby. Like it or lump it, that's just how it is.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 7, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I sense some cabin fever creeping into some of the comments here. Lighten up people. It's just a game. It's going to happen today and we all have to follow it whatever way we can. Get there, or watch it on TV. Or listen on a battery powered radio; that's how I remember following Game 7 against the Islanders in 87. Bunch of guys in a dorm room crowded around a radio. Good times, it's just a game.

Posted by: LouLewis | February 7, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

All you whiners that can't be at the game - you all knew this storm was coming and could have grabbed hotel rooms off main roads or bunked near friends with underground Metros close by. You all chose not to plan accordingly... deal with it. At the end of the day it's only a hockey game.

Posted by: UFORomeo70 | February 7, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

New poster - Don't know if this issue has been brought up in the past but is anyone else annoyed at the CSN camera coverage? E.G., hand held shots of the goalie after making a save while the there's an odd man break going the othe way.? Just wondering.

Posted by: joelmd | February 7, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we definitely need something new to get annoyed about.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 7, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Capsyoungguns--

You're quite the good apologist...I thought that went out of style in 1938 in England...

Good rationalization. I didnt say you were technically wrong. I was saying I felt sorry you feel that way.

Just do me a favor. Don't apologize for Bettman's megalomania approach to the NHL...at least not to me. just direct it elsewhere. Thanks.

Posted by: squirrel1991 | February 7, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

It's time for Caps fans to take a page out of Ovi's "Book of Sayings":

IT IS WHAT IT IS!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The Pens arrived at their hotel at 2:15 AM. They stopped at a rest stop in MD for some food along the way. if the Caps find a way to lose this game under the Pens travel woes, that'd be a bad way to stop the winning streak. Check Syd the Kid into the boards!!

Posted by: baaylward | February 7, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I've shoveled enough again this morning. Got a good breakfast in me. Within the hour will head toward Metro and Rock the Red at VC! Should be awesome today.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 7, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess it turns out that the Caps head office/nbc/nhl don't really care about their fans safety... NO one can get out of their neighborhoods to be able to attempt to drive into DC seeing that the metro is closed, its a shame!!! This is the south not canada people... no one knows how to deal with the snow! I am really annoyed, especially seeing that the caps and pens are free the next 2 days, and there is nothing scheduled for the verizon center either... why not postpone the game for a day? So that people can make it safely to the game? Oh wait its all about the money, and NBC worried about making ratings against the superbowl and don't want to loose this game. What a load of garbage!!!

Posted by: cmw83 | February 7, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

@baaylward, I don't really see travel entering into the equation. The Pens have been playing OK lately, not great, but they are going to turn it on for today's game. They want to beat us bad. Fortunately for us, we've got the ability to turn it onner.

An you can quote me on that.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 7, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

And if this game is not first and foremost about the competition between two teams then we might as well be watching professional wrestling.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

@cmw83, can we please give this a rest? the game's happening. it was scheduled. People are going. Teams will be up for it. I can't wait.

Sorry you're so disappointed.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 7, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

professional sports is about money, is this news to some people??

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Sonyask--NHL teams deal with tough travel situations all the time. They have learned how to sleep when they can when traveling. I expect only the best from both teams.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Capsyoungguns - I agree with you on the decision to play the game. The schedules are difficult (particularly for Western Conference teams) and it will be "game on" today. What we are experiencing is no different than what all of the northern teams contend with throughout the season. For those snowed in, sorry you can't make it, but you need to get over yourselves if you feel you are owed something. Anyway, I hope EVERYBODY enjoys the game wherever you are, and let's make it 14, eh? Go Caps!!!

Posted by: gonchpup | February 7, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of radios, I remember listening through all the static (2 hours from DC) on the radio, when John Druce kept the Caps alive in the playoffs in the 80's.

Speaking of CSN, not many complaints other than I wish they would replay all penalties. Sometimes a guy is in the box and you don't know why.

GO CAPS!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 7, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

@squirrel1991

And I wasn't rude to you.

In one sentence you equated my ability to be rational and see beyond my own needs to the bigger picture to a Nazi sympathizer in the days leading up to WWII. I can only guess you mean that Bettman is Hitler. GET REAL!

I'm off to see my neighbor with a plowed road to see about a ride. The hyperbole by some posters on this board is farcical.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

@gonchpup

Thanks for your post. You are right. Indeed the Western Conference has travel schedules from hell with different time zones and long flights to contend with.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh please just drop the puck and get on with the game!

Posted by: gonchpup | February 7, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Ahhhh Ridley was the fourth PKers I was thinking about.

Glenn Currie you do not recall??

http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/c/currigl01.html


Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 7, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Playing this game is ridiculous. There is 23 inches of snow on the street and there is no possible way to get out. And I live in Arlington. I'm really glad that Ted appreciates those 17 years as a full season ticket holder. Is there any announcement about season ticket holders being given a discount on playoff tickets for playing these past two games that many could not get to?

Posted by: raymitten | February 7, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Is it really more unsafe driving today than any other day in the metro area? I am not so sure it would be. I am sure there will be alot less vehicles on the road then a "normal" day.

If I lived in the area...I wou

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Is it really more unsafe driving today than any other day in the metro area? I am not so sure it would be. I am sure there will be alot less vehicles on the road then a "normal" day.

If I lived in the area...I wou

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Is it really more unsafe driving today than any other day in the metro area? I am not so sure it would be. I am sure there will be alot less vehicles on the road then a "normal" day.

If I lived in the area...I wou

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Is it really more unsafe driving today than any other day in the metro area? I am not so sure it would be. I am sure there will be alot less vehicles on the road then a "normal" day.

If I lived in the area...I wou

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

It feels like Christmas morning. I hope we all get just what we want. Some of the boys and girls on this blog have been naughty, though. Caps 4 Pens 3.

Posted by: kevbnyc | February 7, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

@Capsfannmiss

It's drivable -- provided you have a big SUV which we don't have.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 7, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It there anyone living closer in (or have an SUV) who'd like my tickets? We sit in Section 117 (lower bowl)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 7, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Priceless! Ted's Take blog entry on the Caps website - he is snowed in and his Direct TV is out.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | February 7, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm in the same boat as Ted and it ain't funny. I called the closest bar with a TV and they aren't even open and not sure they will be (on Stupor Bowl Sunday no less). Woe is me. I guess I'll have to try for online streaming and or the radio. Is it 1500 am? In the mean time I am going to go out and throw rocks at the satellite dish to try to knock the snow off. LOL

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 7, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse


since you don't invest in this team, then you have no idea what you are talking about. Without those of us BUYING THE SEASON TICKETS, (...)then there would be no Washington Capitals. (more hatred and spite) Better yet, F'ing die.

Posted by: edsmit1 | February 6, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse
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"F'ing die"??

You sicken me with your vitriol and your arrogance. I would hope you have the decency to go back and re-read what you've written here today and be ashamed of yourself, and perhaps rethink your STHolier-than-thou attitude.

I won't bother to respond to anything else you wrote, as you did a fine job of discrediting yourself.

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If I weren't so cynical already, I'd be fairly depressed by how nasty this board has been in the past 24 hours. Even some of the normally calmer heads here have descended into it.

The Caps are at their highest point in franchise HISTORY, and many fans are apparently eager to seize the opportunity to be at one anothers' throats. Please let's just put this unpleasant weekend behind us. Whether we are fortunate enough to be STHs or not, "bandwagon" fans, or here since '74; whether we are at the Phone Booth or at home on our couches, we're still all fans of this awesome hockey team. And it's a spectacular time to be a CAPS FAN!

C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS

Posted by: superswede19 | February 7, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The Penguins are here, the Caps are here, the officials are here. Sorry Annapolis can't find a plow, but my street is plowed in Prince Georges. Get over yourselves, please. The only reason the Wizards game was cancelled was that the Wizards could not get back to the city. They played the Georgetown game yesterday for the same reasons they will play the Caps game today. The teams were able to get to the arena, the officials were able to get to the arena, so there is no reason not to play. I will be watching from my couch, rocking the red. Never planned on going to the game because I can no longer afford tickets.

Posted by: sparks3 | February 7, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we are all sniping at each other too much.

It was essentially a no win situation for the Caps management for whether or not to postpone the game or not. I would have recommending postponing until Monday or even until 3:00 p.m. but the already set in stone commitment to being on NBC TV precluded that.

This snow storm is an extreme case for snow storms around here -- on a comparative basis. Should we all necessarily buy the type of vehicle that we would need only once every 5-10 years?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 7, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

for those with snow on the dish, try hooking up your water hose if it will spray that far. worked on mine.

Posted by: billd2 | February 7, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

everything i have read indicates that it is not the caps management's decision. the decision is up to the league

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 7, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Gotta give the Pens credit. This does sound like the a road trip from hell. They will have to come out strong in the first period so the Caps will need to weather the storm (no pun intended).

From the NHL article:

"It was difficult circumstances for the team, but in the end the Penguins overcame Mother Nature and arrived in Washington. Even though it was not an ideal situation, the team has little choice but to get some rest and then get ready to face the top team in the Eastern Conference standings. After all, as one Penguin put it after arriving at the team hotel in Washington: “We have to be at the rink in a few hours for the game.”

TIME LAPSE
4:43 PM: The Penguins’ game in Montreal ends
5:52 PM: The Penguins arrive at Montreal Airport
6:47 PM: The Penguins get through customs and board the plane
7:30 PM: The Penguins’ plane takes off for Newark, New Jersey
8:52 PM: The Penguins land in Newark
9:24 PM: The Penguins bus departs from Newark for Washington
11:45 PM: The Penguins hit a rest stop for food in Maryland, 81 miles from DC
2:15 AM: The Penguins arrive at the team hotel"

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@bild2

thanks for the suggestion. will give it a go once I can uncover the hose and get far enough away from the house to hit the dish. desperate times call for desperate measures. alternatively, if the jolly green giant is reading this blog, maybe you could swing by and well... you know

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 7, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@ebolean1

It's still a no win situation for the Caps management who will still hear the brunt of the criticism, even if it was the leagues' decision to go on.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 7, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

May the sloppy Caps (who haven't been able to practice) beat the sleepy Pens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 7, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Yes I wish they had been able to have a systems tune-up practice yesterday like BB had originally planned.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 7, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Greedy call by the Caps and the NHL. The important people will be at the game, i.e., players, officials, and TV crews. The fans are irrelevant.

Posted by: Bethesda_Jack | February 7, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I think the anger in Capitals nation is not focused in the right direction. Let me help everyone....

GET RID OF THAT STUPID CAPSTRONAUNT HE IS A WASTE OF SPACE....

Thank you.

Posted by: capshockey9876 | February 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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