As the winter storm named Nemo starts to bear down on New England, the Boston Bruins have decided to move the start time of their Feb. 9 home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Other hockey games scheduled to be played this weekend in New England have also been postponed, so the Bruins making a move seemed almost inevitable. The Providence Bruins rescheduled their Feb. 8 game with the Portland Pirates to Feb. 11. The Manchester Monarchs moved their special Pink in the Rink game from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12. The Hockey East college conference rescheduled eight different games set for this weekend.
The commonwealth of Massachusetts is already under a state of emergency and Gov. Deval Patrick is instituting a travel ban for all nonessential trips starting at 4 p.m. today. Plus, MBTA service will shut down at 3:30 p.m.
Airport delays in Boston will not, however, affect the visiting Lightning players. They are already in town per NHL policy that visitors must be present the night before the game.
Considering that conditions still may not be very ideal in Boston tomorrow night, though, this Bruins game may not be very well-attended. It may not be as extremely sparse in the stands as it was when only 334 people showed up for a New Jersey Devils game in 1987, but expect to see some patches of empty seats.