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Lightning’s next opponent scraps 2nd game in row in frigid Dallas

The Stars postponed a second consecutive game against the Predators due to extreme winter weather.
With sparse traffic on the road, snow and ice cover U.S. 75 heading into downtown Dallas on Monday.
With sparse traffic on the road, snow and ice cover U.S. 75 heading into downtown Dallas on Monday. [ JUAN FIGUEROA | AP ]
Published Feb. 16
Updated Feb. 16

DALLAS — The Lightning’s next opponent postponed a second consecutive game on Tuesday after further consultation with city officials over widespread power outages attributed to extreme winter weather.

The Dallas Stars made the latest decision almost 12 hours before the scheduled game against the Nashville Predators, as opposed to the Monday night postponement that was announced less than an hour before puck drop.

The Lightning are scheduled to play the Stars Thursday and Saturday in Dallas.

The Stars were getting criticized on social media about planning to go forward with Monday’s game as tens of thousands of Dallas-area residents went most of the day without power in frigid temperatures. The overnight low at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday morning was minus-1 degree Fahrenheit (minus-17 degrees Celsius).

There has been power at American Airlines Center. Tristan Hallman, a spokesman for the Dallas mayor, told the Dallas Morning News the arena is on the critical infrastructure grid that includes the convention center and area hospitals.

The postponed games were the fifth and sixth on a season-long eight-game homestand for the Stars. No makeup dates have been announced.

Another snowstorm was in the forecast later Tuesday into Wednesday, but without the single-digit temperatures that followed a storm that dumped several inches of snow on the Dallas area over the weekend.

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