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Will rain impact Monday's Winter Classic?

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Winter Classic preparations at Busch Stadium (Credit: KMOV) Winter Classic preparations at Busch Stadium (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – With rain in the forecast for Monday, hockey fans are wondering how that could impact Monday’s Winter Classic.

“This is our 19th game and we’ve played in all sorts of weather,” said Kris King, the National Hockey League’s Senior Vice President. “Freezing rain isn’t a friend of the guys playing on the outdoor surface. If there’s a little rain in the plan, we’ll freeze that, it’s no different than flooding the rink. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how much rain they plan on giving us and we’ll make decisions from there, but we have plans in place. We have an early start, we have the rest of the day to get the game played, and we also look at holding it the next day if we have to.”

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King said he has been told weather in St. Louis changes quickly, but the league is “ready for whatever Mother Nature” throws their way.

The league has meteorologists on site that will begin giving hourly forecasts on December 31. King said if there’s a reliable forecast in place they will make a decision on when the game between the Blues and Blackhawks will be held.

According to King, the league would like to make a decision on the game 24 hours before the scheduled noon puck drop so that fans and the teams know if it will be delayed or rescheduled.

“We’ve been faced with some of these issues before and have never not had the game played,” said King.

Currently, there is a chance of rain for Monday, but temperatures should remain above freezing.

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