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How the NHL creates its outdoor ice rinks

How the NHL creates its outdoor ice rinks

NHL fans expect to bundle up when they go see their favorite team take the ice, but once in a while they may pack a raincoat, too.

When the Washington Capitals take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, the teams won't skate in the climate-controlled Capital One Arena. Instead, they will take to an outdoor rink in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

One constant worry throughout the years with these outdoor games is the threat of bad weather. The league has had to delay the start of just one outdoor game from early afternoon to night because of rain in 2011. (Another outdoor challenge has been glare off the ice from the sun.)

The weather forecast...