Update 8:45 p.m.: Tonight’s game has been postponed. Although the compressor issue was fixed, the ice was not able to cool down to the appropriate temperature to get the game in under the NHL’s 22-hour rule given that the Red Wings play the Lightning at 7:30 tomorrow night in Tampa. Information on a rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
Update 8:05 p.m.: Tripp Tracy has just put his head into a cake on live television (in a recorded segment). Please, dear lord baby Jesus, let this game start sometime tonight.
And we've gone off the rails.— Cane-alytics (@Cane_alytics) December 20, 2016
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Update 7:50 p.m.: A classic office time waster entertained the crowd during the delay. Keep it here for more of this relevant and informational #content this evening.
Update 7:25 p.m.: Hurricanes president Don Waddell says that the malfunctioning part has been repaired and now it is a matter of waiting for the ice to refreeze before the game can begin.
#Hurricanes Don Waddell says he hopes to have update on ice temps lowering in 15-20 minutes. Part failed, freon was lost. (more)— Mike Solarte (@MikeSolarte) December 20, 2016
(cont) The part was fixed, freon pumped back into the system, now monitoring. @NHLCanes— Mike Solarte (@MikeSolarte) December 20, 2016
The issue was first reported by the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James and was confirmed by Canes Country’s Jamie Kellner. The ice issue could put the game’s start in jeopardy, as the Wings skate tomorrow night at the Tampa Bay Lightning and will not be able to wait all night for the issue to be repaired depending on how long it takes.
Canes defenseman Ron Hainsey told FS Carolinas that the team had been informed that the delay will last “at least an hour” but do not have a definitive time when they will be allowed to take the ice.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
Hearing Red Wings Hurricanes game delayed due to ice conditions. Players said was terrible this morning.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) December 19, 2016
Ice issues are keeping the teams from taking the ice for warmups btw— Jamie Kellner (@jbkellner) December 19, 2016
We are experiencing a delay due to an issue with the cooling system that just arose. #DETvsCAR— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) December 19, 2016
We are working to fix the issue, but warmups will be delayed until the issue is solved. Thank you for your patience. #DETvsCAR— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) December 19, 2016