The Washington Times - January 1, 2012, 03:43PM

PHILADELPHIA | This scenario is familiar. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals learned last year that the weather doesn’t always cooperate with the Winter Classic, as the start time was moved because of rain.

Sunday, the NHL announced that the 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers would be moved to a 3 p.m. start after being originally scheduled for 1 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

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The decision was based on weather concerns and mirrors what happened Saturday for the exhibition game between Flyers and Rangers alumni. At 1 p.m., there were puddles on the ice and tarp covering the logos; by 3 p.m., clouds helped the situation and the conditions.

Last year’s game took place at 8 p.m. because of rain. The forecast for Monday is a high of 41 degrees with winds of up to 19 mph. Shadows at Citizens Bank Park could make it a smart decision even though the temperature isn’t expected to be much different at 3 than at 1.