The NHL will continue to play outdoor games because revenue and ratings are good. The Flyers and Penguins Stadium Series game was entertaining. But was it reasonable to ask teams to play in those conditions? The answer is ‘no’. Parameters should be set up to prevent “spectacle” games from occurring deep into the regular season. A club’s playoff future should not be determined by a game played under abnormal conditions. The Penguins lost 4-3 in overtime in sloppy, rainy conditions at Lincoln Financial Field. The risk of inclement weather in mid-to-late February is greater than it is in the first half of the season.
NHL should stop playing outdoor games in February
About the Author: Mike Augello
Michael is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and has been covering the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, the National Hockey League and American Hockey League since 2009.