'Nonetheless, the league is prepared for various scenarios to delay the game, including holding back the start time in the event of liquid precipitation or too warm temperatures; in the event that the game is not playable on New Year’s Day, January 2 would serve as an alternate play date. Said Bettman, “We have a list of variables in mind. We will be in constant consultation with the teams, in case we have to postpone or reschedule.”'
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