PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Come Saturday the NHL might think of changing the name of the annual New Year’s day event from Winter Classic to Spring Classic.
For the month of December, the temperatures in the Pittsburgh area only rose above 29 degrees five times. However, as we head into the Winter Classic weekend, Friday is expected to see a high of 58 degrees. On Saturday, the league is calling for a high of 54 degrees with rain showers.
With the 50 degree temperatures expected this weekend, the league said they could handle the temperature, but the rain could pose a risk to players and cause a possible delay.
Tom McMillan, Penguins VP of Communications joined the Fan Morning Show on Tuesday and said they expect to play on Saturday.
Listen to McMillan’s interview:
The NHL came out with a contingency plan on Wednesday. If the game is delayed due to rain, they could push the game back to 8 p.m. on Saturday or shift the game to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
On Monday, NHL ice experts spoke to the media about the ice preparation and the potential forecast.