The Buffalo area is getting absolutely walloped by lake effect snow, with some areas expected to get up to 70 inches. Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is 73 inches tall, so he's decided it's best not to venture outside for Tuesday's game against the Sharks.
Kaleta won't play, head coach Ted Nolan said. Nolan would rather Kaleta stay safe hunkered down at home. Some highways in Western New York are completely impassable.
The Sabres are offering a ticket exchange program for fans who can't get to the game. Even some of the team's medical staff was stranded, Nolan said.
The game will go on, though.
"To me, it’s going to be really interesting to see who really plays just to play, whether it’s 20,000 people in the rink or whether it’s 20 people in the rink," Nolan said. "To me, 20 people are just as important to play in front of as 20,000 people. We’ll see how the players react to that."
- Dan Gartland