Shortly before leaving Friday at Navy’s Memorial Stadium, Mike Babcock said, “Hold your hat.”
Babcock & # 39; s Toronto Maple Leafs and the capitals of Washington may want to hold on with high winds in the prediction for Saturday night stadium stadium game at the US Naval Academy. The storm loses power and disrupts the journey along the east coast, so both teams have to practice Friday indoors, where they were left with what would be continuous winds of 25-30 km / h and gusts up to 50 km / h. have on their game.
“I have no idea,” said the center of Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak. “Hopefully we skate more with the wind than we are against it.”
The wind is enough to postpone the game until Sunday. The glass had to be removed from the field span because of safety concerns.
The NHL has played 24 previous regular outdoor games and could easily see the worst conditions in the field of wind. Temperatures just above the freezing point would not reach him in the coldest places, but there are concerns that the wind could make a real difference.
Andersen worried for skaters
“I did not play anywhere where it was super windy,” said Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk, who will take part in his fifth offside. “It will certainly create a unique dynamic, I know it looks like there are a lot of high flips in the game today, so it will be interesting to see how the puck responds and is rolled into the air and the wind is coming. ”
Headers goalkeeper Braden Holtby thinks that strong winds would only affect dump-ins or high salto pucks and that it would make it difficult for players to keep their eyes open when they raise their heads. Maple Leafs goalkeeper Frederik Andersen is more concerned about the skaters – and that is a shared concern.
“If you have sales and you have to look back, that’s probably when it’s going to be a bit difficult,” Capitals Nicklas Backstrom said.
NHL players are more accustomed to climate-controlled arenas – a long way from their younger days when playing on frozen ponds or lakes intended to deal with the conditions.
“It will not feel right on your body, that’s for sure,” said Toronto forward Mitch Marner. “It probably will not help with the puck or anything like that.”
& # 39; Part of the experience & # 39;
Capitals coach Barry Trotz was more concerned when the wind muttered around trees around his house on Thursday morning and joked about a toss to collect directions like a football game.
Previous outdoor games include teams that changed to the 10-minute sign of the third period of end to eliminate an unfair wind advantage. That is at least likely and players are prepared for the wind, even if they do not know exactly what it will do.
“The wind would not be ideal, but part of playing these games is that you have to deal with the weather,” said Morgan from the Maple Leafs defender. “She was a bit windy there [Friday]but hopefully she’ll get a little bit up for us.”
Rielly, who played outside on New Year’s Day in Ann Arbor, Mich., In 2014 and again in Toronto in 2017, wind figures would be harder to deal with than snow. But the 23-year-old has a sunny character about wacky weather conditions.
“It definitely has an impact on the game,” Rielly said. “But that is all part of the experience: players, two teams have to deal with it, it does not change the game plan, it only makes it a bit more difficult and maybe it’s fun.”