Lincoln Financial Field prepared for snow Wednesday.
Next will be the rain, which is difficult to work around when it comes to outdoor hockey.
That could be the case Saturday when the Flyers host the Penguins in the 2019 Stadium Series at the Linc. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. on NBC. As of Wednesday night, the chance of rainfall was at 100 percent for Saturday evening and the rain may not taper off until early Sunday morning, according to weather reports.
All of this is things we've experienced before. We're used to it. Because of that, we're very, very prepared for weather delays. ... We can't play in a torrential downpour, but right now if you look at the weather forecast - and it does change hour by hour - there's no call for severe or heavy rain. So we're really confident based on what we're reading right now that the game will go as planned.
- NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer
Weather conditions are always a factor in outdoor games. You're dealing with an uncovered ice surface and all possible types of Mother Nature.
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"Rain in large quantities, that can hurt us," Dean Matsuzaki, the NHL's vice president of events, said Monday on the the AccuWeather podcast. "First and foremost, we have to worry about player safety, so rain, snow, things like that."
It becomes even more substantial when considering the implications of the game. The Flyers and Penguins are fighting for a playoff berth. The Flyers entered Wednesday six points out of the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot, while the Penguins sat not-so-comfortably in third place of the Metropolitan Division (see standings).
"We actually joked about it after the last game [against the Penguins], I'm like, 'I don't know what's going to go on on the ice because it's going to be a battle out there,'" Travis Konecny said last Friday. "It's a big event for everyone to enjoy, but it might come down to one of the biggest games for us this year."
There has been no word of a potential postponement or time change for Saturday night's game. Both the Flyers and Penguins don't play again until Tuesday.
For the latest updates on the forecast, visit NBC Philadelphia right here, while checking out the sights and scenes ahead of the event below.
Take a lap around Lincoln Financial Field as they're far along in the process of turning a football stadium into a hockey rink.
Catch the game Saturday night on @NHLonNBCSports. pic.twitter.com/rmVSI3V0JH— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 21, 2019
Hundreds of workers are turning @LFFStadium into an ice rink ahead of the @NHL #StadiumSeries between the @NHLFlyers and the @penguins. @tfurlong has the details: https://t.co/Cm2Cauge8o pic.twitter.com/OcqXTkGT1d— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) February 14, 2019
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