All it took was one look at the ice this morning at Yankee Stadium to see that the sun and ensuing glare was going to be a major factor in the game. The glare is so strong that in the name of safety, the NHL announced the game will have a delayed start time, a time which was not announced.
That's news you don't hear often in the NHL and certainly something that will pop up when you take the game outdoors. But this isn't the first time this has happened. The game at Philadelphia's Citizen's Bank Park two years ago between the Rangers and Flyers was delayed two hours from its original starting time for the same reason.
The concern isn't with the ice or anything in that regard, it's simply about the sun shining into the eyes of goaltenders and other players. The last thing the NHL wants to see in its outdoor spectaculars is a player taking a puck to the face because he simply couldn't see it with the glare.
UPDATE: The NHL announced that "festivities" will resume at 12:50.
If we learned anything from Saturday's game in Los Angeles that went off without a hitch, that means the game itself will probably start around 1:30 or so (NBC announcer Doc Emrick announced the puck will drop at 1:38). Not much of a delay but a delay nonetheless. Hopefully that will be the last of the problems at Yankee Stadium.