You might need the fingers of only one hand to count the fans at tonight’s Canadiens-Islanders game. Conditions are worsening by the minute on Long Island, though it seems the NHL overruled the home team’s request to postpone the game, the Isles expressing concern for fans’ safety getting to and from the rink. With both teams in town, the NHL apparently has said, the game goes on.
(Is it wrong to hope it absolutely p—es rain on the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh next Saturday, as long-range forecasts say might happen?)
Tonight, look for Benoit Pouliot to in fact be in the lineup, replacing Travis Moen, who’s nursing the flu.