The hockey gods are mad.
In less than 48 hours, Buffalo Sabres' superstar Jack Eichel's ankle twisted in a freak collision during practice and 20-goal scorer Evander Kane was likely lost indefinitely - crashing into the end boards with the force of a locomotive during Thursday night's 4-1 opening night drubbing by the rival Montreal Canadiens.
That's not to mention other key injuries to starting players on the infant season.
Now, the team's chance to escape town for an early-season trip to western Canada will mean negotiating the back-end of a January-esque snowstorm.
— Global Calgary (@GlobalCalgary) October 14, 2016
A half-foot or more of snow is expected across some areas of the province by Friday, including Edmonton, according to an alert from Environment Canada.
The Sabres are scheduled to play the Edmonton Oilers at the new Rogers Place on Sunday evening.
Then, they'll be in Calgary on Tuesday night.
Areas of the province were already walloped today.
— Shawn Legg (@shawnwlegg) October 10, 2016
— Matt Johnson (@StormFXChasing) October 14, 2016
The Edmonton and Calgary areas are expected to be pounded tonight and Friday, according to a CBC News report today.
The storms are even severe enough to generate their own twitter hashtag: #ABstorm.