Friday’s Rangers-Sabres game postponed due to Buffalo blizzard

A massive Lake Effect snowstorm has forced the postponement of Buffalo’s home game versus the New York Rangers on Friday.

Weather isn’t always news, but the situation in Buffalo can no longer be ignored. It’s astounding and scary.

Lake Effect snow has pummelled Buffalo this week, including an unbelievable 65 inches in one 24-hour span. That’s more than five feet, with several more feet expected to accumulate by the end of Thursday before the storm moves out Friday and warmer temperatures arrive.

The storm has taken a devastating toll, claiming eight lives and stranding countless people in their homes and vehicles. It’s affected the sports world, too. The Buffalo Bills/New York Jets game this weekend is in jeopardy, or at least could be moved to another city, after Ralph Wilson Stadium accumulated the most snow in its history.

The Sabres managed to play Tuesday, except for agitator Patrick Kaleta, who lives in Hamburg, N.Y. and was completely snowed into his house.

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The team won’t be so lucky for Friday’s home game versus the New York Rangers at First Niagara Center. The NHL has announced the matchup is postponed. No makeup date has been announced yet, though the league will post it as soon as it’s confirmed.

In the meantime, stay safe, Buffalonians, and avoid the roads if you can.

Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the Post-To-Post blogFor more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazineFollow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin