Canes-Flyers game postponed: Ottawa game moved

calexander@newsobserver.comJanuary 21, 2014 

Another big snowstorm has caused another Carolina Hurricanes game postponement and more scheduling issues.

The Canes' game Tuesday in Philadelphia against the Flyers was called off because of snowy, dangerous conditions – Carolina's the second postponement in two weeks. The Flyers game will be played Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center, the league announced.

The Canes also moved their home game against the Ottawa Senators, originally set for Friday at 7 p.m., to noon Saturday at PNC Arena.

Carolina's game Jan. 7 at Buffalo also was postponed by snowy, windy, wintry weather that was deemed dangerous. It was rescheduled for Feb. 25, just after the end of the NHL break for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"It's really difficult to reschedule," Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. "The (NHL) schedule is already so compressed because of the Olympics."

Shifting the games against the Flyers and Ottawa will put the Canes in the position of playing five games in seven days. Carolina plays at Buffalo on Thursday and next week has a back-to-back set against Columbus and Montreal.

"The games will be really crowded together, but you have to find a way to play the (postponed) games and make it work," Rutherford said.

Rutherford said it was not snowing Tuesday morning when the Canes left their Philadelphia hotel for a 15-minute drive to Wells Fargo Center for their morning skate. But the snow moved in quickly, and he said it took an hour or longer to return to the hotel.

"It was very tough moving around," he said.

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency effective at 4 p.m.

The Hurricanes said Tuesday that fans with tickets to the Ottawa game can exchange them at the PNC Arena box office for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any of the team's remaining Friday night games – Jan. 31 against St. Louis, Feb. 7 against Florida, or March 7 against the New York Rangers. The Canes said season-ticket holders will retain the option to exchange their tickets via the season-ticket holder exchange program.

Russia adds Semin to Olympic roster

Alexander Semin will compete for Russia in the 2014 Winter Games, giving the Carolina Hurricanes a fourth Olympian in Sochi, Russia.

It was announced Tuesday the forward had been added to the Russian roster for the Olympics. Semin will join Canes teammates Justin Faulk (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Tuomo Ruutu (Finland) at the Winter Games.

Many were surprised when the Russian team was announced and Semin was not included on the initial roster. A native of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, he has represented his country in nine major international tournaments, including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Semin, 29, helped Russia win gold at the 2008 and 2012 IIHF World Championships and also won medals at the 2002 U-18 World Junior Championship (silver), 2005 IIHF World Championship (bronze) and 2010 IIHF World Championship (silver).

Alexander: 919-829-8945; Twitter: @ice_chip

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