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NHL Game Procedure Contingencies for Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

The following are the weather-related game procedure contingencies for Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche.

  • Once the game has begun, it may be subject to one or more temporary stoppages due to unplayable weather conditions, at the discretion of the Commissioner.
  • Period and game format may be reconfigured to accommodate temporary stoppages as determined appropriate by the Commissioner.
  • In the event of high winds and/or sun at the ice surface, the clubs will switch ends at the 10:00 minute mark of the third period as signaled by a "hard whistle." The face off will take place where the play was whistled dead. This identical procedure will take place at the 2:30 minute mark of an overtime period, if needed. NHL Hockey Operations, in consultation with the on-ice officials, will determine if this procedure is necessary.
  • In the event of a shootout, each club will determine what end they prefer to defend, which could be the same end.
  • If the game is started, then stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, it will be deemed "official" once two periods have been played. The team leading at the time play is stopped will be declared the winner and will be awarded two points in the standings.
  • If the game is tied at the time play is stopped permanently, any time after two periods of play, each team will be awarded one point in the standings, with an opportunity to earn an additional point in a standard shootout format.
  • If weather conditions permit, the shootout will be conducted at the outdoor rink at Edgewood Tahoe Resort immediately after regulation play has been stopped. If weather conditions make it impossible to conduct a shootout safely at the outdoor rink, the shootout will take place at Ball Arena on Feb. 22, prior to the regularly scheduled NHL Game #299 - Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche - with Colorado deemed the home club for the shootout.
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