LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A Winter Classic with sunglasses? With a halftime in the first period? Or delayed for a couple of hours on account of, well, gorgeous weather?

Those were among the options discussed Wednesday as the NHL faced the prospect of playing its showcase outdoor game on a bright, sunny New Year’s Day in the nation’s capital. But contingency plans are now in place to help get the game started on time if sun is an issue.

Teams may switch directions on the ice mid-period (at 10-minute intervals) to keep things equal.

On Thursday morning, the ice was covered with what looks like solar reflectors, WNEW’s Chuck Carroll reports.

An NHL official tells WNEW he expects the game will start on time, but can’t say for certain until crews huddle immediately beforehand to make a final call, which should come by 12:30 p.m.

Other NHL officials have said if there is a delay, they expect it will be brief.

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