- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 6, 2010

The snowstorm battering the Washington, D.C., area is bringing travel to a virtual standstill, and the sports calendar has its first casualty of the storm: Saturday night’s scheduled Wizards game.

With the Wizards having played Friday night in Orlando and the visiting Atlanta Hawks in Chicago, neither team was able to fly into D.C. for this evening’s game, so NBA issued its first postponement of a game since 2006.

The makeup date will be announced at a later time. Fans who hold tickets can keep them and go to the rescheduled game, or trade them in for the Wizards-Timberwolves game on Feb. 17th.

The other game that was the subject of some doubt was Sunday afternoon’s Capitals-Penguins contest. While the Caps are in town after beating Atlanta 5-2 Friday night, the Penguins played a game in Montreal Saturday afternoon and needed to take a plane and a bus to find their way down to Washington in time for the contest.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Penguins flew from Montreal to Newark, N.J. and then took buses down into the nation’s capital, and arrived at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. As of 10 p.m. Saturday night, the Capitals said they still expect the game to take place on time, with the nationally-televised contest set to start at noon Sunday.

As for the area’s big college hoops contest, Maryland announced that their game Sunday against North Carolina will tip as scheduled at 2 p.m. According to the Terrapins, when the visiting team and officials in are in town, the protocol is to play the contest as scheduled, and that is the case with the Tar Heels and referees already in College Park.

Fans who venture out to Comcast Center are advised that several parking lots could be snow-covered, so fans should arrive early and can try the Regents Park Garage for free if spaces are available.