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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 02/06/2010

D.C. snow creates travel issues for Penguins

Update, 10:17 p.m.: The Caps just sent out the following release:

As of 10 p.m. ET Saturday, the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Verizon Center remains as scheduled. The Penguins are en route to Washington, D.C., and are expected to arrive tonight.

Break out the shovels, boots and snowpants... or, perhaps, the TV remote. It could still be tough for fans to make it to Verizon Center tomorrow. Metrobus, MetroAccess and above-ground stations are will be closed, while road conditions remain treacherous.

Update, 5:30 p.m.: According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Penguins are scheduled to fly to Newark tonight and then take a four-hour bus ride to D.C.

Update from Tarik, 3:10 p.m.: I'm hearing that the Penguins are still working on getting here tonight. It's unclear how exactly, but it may involve more than just a charter flight. Also hearing that getting officials to VC will NOT be a hangup.

Update from Tarik, 12:53 p.m.: No decision on the status of tomorrow's Caps-Penguins game has been made yet, I'm told, as team and league officials are monitoring the weather and travel conditions.

Amtrak service is operating on an extremely limited schedule, which would seem to jeopardize the possibility of the Penguins flying into the New York and taking a train (which has been discussed).

Tonight's Hawks-Wizards game has already been postponed because the Wizards couldn't fly back from Orlando.

Tomorrow's Caps game could be moved back to accommodate a Sunday arrival for the Pens. But the NHL can't push the opening faceoff back too far because, as you might have heard, there's another big game scheduled for tomorrow.

I'll post another update as soon as I hear something more definitive.

Original post, 12:12 p.m.: No word yet from the league or the Pittsburgh Penguins on their plans for tomorrow's game against the Caps (scheduled for noon), but it looks like they won't get to Washington via plane.

All runways at Dulles and National, and most at BWI, have been shut down, so the Penguins, who play at 2 p.m. today in Montreal, would likely have to fly somewhere (maybe New York) and take the train down (unless Amtrak suspends service). They could also fly somewhere closer, like Richmond, and try to bus, but that presents logistical (not to mention safety) concerns.

Check back here for more updates as we get them.

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