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Icing: Colorado-St. Louis NHL game is called off

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 1 2011 7:02 p.m. MST

Snow plows work to remove ice from interstate 55, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in St. Louis. A blizzard warning is in effect for the St. Louis area where early ice and sleet will give way to any where from six to 20 inches of snow expected.

Tom Gannam, Associated Press

The St. Louis Blues saw plenty of snow and ice, but no Avalanche.

The Blues' game against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night was postponed because of a storm cutting a frigid path across much of the nation.

A makeup date has not been set for the NHL game, which would have been the first since the All-Star break for both teams.

The Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, were still hoping to make it to Atlanta for Wednesday night's NBA game. In the meantime, they were stuck in Indianapolis for the second straight day.

The Raptors were supposed to fly out of Indy after Monday night's 104-93 loss to the Pacers, but their flight was canceled because of the storm. The Raptors tried to take off again Tuesday and instead spent five hours aboard their chartered airplane before that trip was wiped out, too.

Team spokesman Jim LaBumbard said players passed the time on the plane watching movies, listening to their headsets and eating. The Raptors planned to try again Wednesday, but as for getting to Atlanta in time, "it's too early to tell," LaBumbard said.

The Penn State men's basketball team made it to Champaign, Ill., for its game Tuesday night against Illinois despite heavy snow.

Penn State spokesman Brian Siegrist said the team arrived around 1 p.m. by bus from Evansville, Ind. The team's charter flight was diverted there Monday night because of weather conditions in central Illinois.

The men's Big 12 basketball game in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday night was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon when admission will be free.

Also postponed were the men's and women's Tuesday night games featuring Southeast Missouri at Southern Illinois-Edwardswille.

The airport in Dallas — the destination for thousands trying to get to Sunday's Super Bowl — was among those shut down. Walkways outside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, were like sheets of ice.

The National Weather Service advised Wisconsin travelers bound for Texas to wait until Wednesday evening, with up to 20 inches of snow forecast for the Milwaukee area.

The Packers, no stranger to winter chill, might even practice indoors this week if the weather doesn't improve.

"It's a little too cold for me," linebacker Clay Matthews said. "Texas is supposed to be hot and humid. I was looking forward to that. I am a California guy."

Villanova's game with Marquette was moved up two hours in an effort to avoid the worst of a blizzard bearing down on Milwaukee, but the Wildcats learned shortly before tip that their charter flight was grounded until Wednesday.

The team hopes to leave sometime in the early afternoon, contingent on the weather in Philadelphia, a spokeswoman said.

The Nebraska women's basketball team plays at Missouri on Wednesday. Cornhuskers spokesman Jeff Griesch said the team bus was rolling through whiteout conditions on Interstate 70. He didn't know whether the team would fly or bus back to Lincoln after the game.

Missouri has been hit by what could be the its worst winter storm in decades, a dangerous mix of snow, freezing rain, wind and cold. Whiteouts paralyzed Oklahoma City and the Tulsa area, and blowing snow created drifts up to 4 feet high. Conditions in the area were so forbidding that The Humane Society of Missouri urged people to bring pets inside.

In the Big Ten, the Indiana men tentatively plan to play their Wednesday night game against Minnesota now that the Gophers have landed in Indianapolis.

The Air Force women's basketball team abandoned the skies Tuesday, deciding to bus rather than fly to New Mexico for Wednesday night's game.

Contributing to this report were AP writers Jim Salter in St. Louis and Schuyler Dixon in Dallas, and AP Sports Writers Eric Olson in Omaha, Neb., Michael Marot in Indianapolis, R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis and Colin Fly in Milwaukee.

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