Severe storm postpones Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators home games

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Nov 16, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) and Ottawa Senators left wing Tyler Motte (14) follow the puck after facing off in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Friday’s scheduled game between the Detroit Red Wings and host Senators was postponed due to severe winter weather expected to affect the Ottawa area.

The two teams instead will face off on Feb 27 at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets purchased for Friday’s game will be honored on the rescheduled date.

Like large swaths of the United States, the Ottawa area is expecting a significant winter storm over the next several days, with high winds, cold temperatures and heavy snow anticipated.

“While unfortunate that we have to postpone the game, the safety of our players, fans, staff and those working at the arena is our first priority,” Senators president of business operations Anthony LeBlanc said in a statement.

The Senators still are scheduled to host the Washington Capitals Thursday night. They will be off for the Christmas break and return to the ice when they host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Storm postpones two games

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Dec 7, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to that matchup, the NHL has also postponed the contest between the Tampa Bay Lightning and host Buffalo Sabres due to the severe winter storm expected to hit the Buffalo area on Friday.

The NHL said Wednesday that the game will be rescheduled to March 4.

Buffalo’s previously scheduled game for that day against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers was moved to Jan. 9.

Weather reports indicate that a fierce storm with lake-effect show is expected to hit Western New York with wind chill as low as minus-20 degrees.

The Lightning visit the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night and then will return home to Florida. Because of the league’s Christmas break, Tampa Bay’s ensuing game will be Dec. 28 against the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Due to the postponement, Buffalo won’t play again until Dec. 27 against the host Columbus Blue Jackets.

–Field Level Media

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