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Pens host Caps under the lights at Heinz Field

Sep 13 2013 at 08:56am
As if the spotlight on the highly-anticipated Winter
Classic battle between Sidney Crosby's Penguins and Alex Ovechkin's Capitals
could be any brighter, the game will now be played under the lights at
Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, This marks the NHL's fourth edition of the Winter Classic, the league's annual
outdoor game on New Year's Day, and it will be the first time the game will be
played at night. Due to weather concerns the start time of the contest has
been pushed back to 8 p.m. (et) from its original afternoon slot at 1 p.m.

The temperature this afternoon at Heinz Field is expected to be in the low
50s, which is not ideal for an outdoor hockey game, but rain in beanie cap the daytime
forecast is the real concern. Rain wreaks havoc on ice conditions and also
poses visibility problems for the players. By tonight, league officials
believe the rain will have subsided and the ice surface will be in much better
shape. The temperature is expected to be in the low 40s tonight.

"Obviously playing under the lights is a little bit different" NHL Deputy
Commissioner Bill Daly said. "We think, all in all, this is a much better,
safer circumstance for the players."

Pittsburgh is a participant in this event for a second time and today's game
marks the club's first time as the host. The Penguins beat Buffalo in a
memorable shootout in the inaugural Winter Classic at a snowy Ralph Wilson
Stadium in 2008.

This year's Winter Classic cheap caps features a pair of Eastern Conference heavyweights
in the Capitals and Penguins. Pittsburgh is currently tied with Detroit for
the NHL lead with 53 points. Washington is locked with Tampa Bay for first in
the Southeast Division with 49 points.

The clubs met recently for the first time this season when Pittsburgh notched
a 3-2 shootout victory on Dec. 23 in Washington. Crosby extended his point
streak to 23 games with a goal and an assist in that game, but his scoring run
has since come to an end.

Washington had won four straight and seven out of eight meetings with the Pens
prior to last week's setback. The Capitals have still won five in a row in
Pittsburgh, but, of course, this will be their first-ever game at Heinz adjustable caps Field
-- home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.


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