Tonight’s game between the New Jersey Devils and the Winnipeg Jets has been postponed to Tuesday, March 28, due to inclement weather. The Devils have issued the following statement on their website:
Due to weather conditions, tonight's Devils game against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. has been postponed by the NHL to March 28, 2017. Puck drop will be at 7 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Tickets for tonight's game will be valid for the same seat location(s) for the rescheduled game on March 28, 2017 at Prudential Center.
I think the NHL made the right move to postpone the game. Andrew Gross at Fire & Ice reported that while the Jets did make it into New Jersey after losing in overtime last night to Nashville, the safety of all required personnel was still at risk. While the blizzard was not as strong in some parts of New Jersey as projected (if I recall correctly, the heavier parts of the storm was more west than projected), it has hit the state hard in others - including North Jersey. The blizzard isn’t even over as snow and sleet continue to accumulate and will do so throughout tonight. A state of emergency has been issued and so non-essential vehicles are not to be on the road. To that end, it makes perfect sense to move the game back. No one, either from the teams, the league, or the fanbase, will need to go out in this weather today.
Further, it makes sense to have it on March 28. As I wrote last night, it’s a day where both teams are off and the arena is available. Neither team will have a game the day before or after too; there’s no additional back-to-back for either the Jets and Devils to endure. It’s not totally convenient for the Jets to fly to New Jersey in between home games, but it is the best available option.
What we’ll do here is re-number our games, take down the current preview for it to be re-launched for the 28th, and enjoy the night off. Whether that’s by staying warm indoors, doing plenty of shoveling, or whatever else. We’ll see the Jets in two weeks.