The plan had been for the Canadiens to charter out of Long Island at 2:30 pm today. But Mother Nature has spoken loudly again, keeping the Habs on the ground this afternoon.
CJAD play-by-play broadcaster Rick Moffat tells Inside/Out that the Habs remained at the Nassau Coliseum until past 2 pm, the club having practised at noon, then finally was bused back to the hotel where they stayed an extra night last night when the monster storm kept them grounded.
At 4 pm, the Canadiens family was in the hotel lobby with room keys but not yet having checked in, a departure to Washington late afternoon or this evening still possible.
At the same hour, The Gazette’s Pat Hickey was motoring toward the national capital, 50 miles from Delaware on bare and dry or wet roads, expecting to arrive at his destination by 8 p.m. He might be alone at the Verizon Center tomorrow for the morning skate.