In the end, it worked out for both teams.
Wednesday night’s rescheduled 'Canes-Flyers game, which begins at 6 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) at the Wells Fargo Center presented a difficult challenge not just for both the Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes, but the Ottawa Senators and NHL as a whole, as well.
Carolina wanted to play the game on Tuesday night despite mayor Michael Nutter declaring a snow emergency and asking people to stay off the streets.
As a general rule, when a visiting team is already in town for a game, the league almost always goes through with playing the game, even if attendance is sparse.
The mayor’s office wanted the game postponed, and the Flyers were concerned about safety, as well.
The problem was, Carolina already had one game postponed to the Olympic break and couldn’t fit another postponement into its schedule until March. Their Jan. 7 game in Buffalo was snowed out and will be played Feb. 25.
So the only immediately available open date was for the 'Canes to play three games in a row: tonight against the Flyers, then travel to Buffalo for Thursday and return home for Friday’s game against Ottawa.
The CBA doesn’t permit teams to play three consecutive games, although that is the norm in the AHL.
To accommodate Carolina, the NHL got the 'Canes and Senators to agree to move Friday’s game in Carolina against Ottawa back to Saturday afternoon. That prevented the 'Canes from playing three straight days.
“It’s really difficult to reschedule,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News-Observer. “The [NHL] schedule is already so compressed because of the Olympics.”
The last option would have been moving the game to March.
Regardless, Carolina is now faced with another challenge: five games over the next seven days.