According to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti, the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., is expected to be hit by rain and high winds Friday, when the teams were originally scheduled to practise.
The teams will instead practise indoors at local rinks, according to Gulitti. The teams’ family skates that were scheduled for after the outdoor practices have also been cancelled.
“From what we were told by the NHL, they’re going to disassemble the boards and what have you [at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium] because of the high winds that are possible,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz told Gulitti Thursday.
Trotz said the Capitals hope to still have their morning skate outdoors to help players get used to the different site-lines that come with playing in a football stadium.
“It will be nice to get out there once,” Trotz said. “The league would like us to skate on the new ice. Also, from just getting [used to the surroundings], everything looks different. Especially for the players, the depth perception is a little bit different because they’re used to people right up against the glass and now they’re going to be back.”