NEW YORK (AP) – The approach of Hurricane Wilma forced the NHL on Friday to postpone Saturday’s game in Sunrise, Fla., between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers.

The respective division leaders will make up the game on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

The decision to postpone was made due to unpredictable weather conditions as the impending storm makes it’s way toward the United States.

“We rescheduled this game because so many fans and Panthers employees have left the area, and because we want to ensure safe travels into and out of Florida for the teams and the officials,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. “We thank the Senators and Panthers for their cooperation.”

Ottawa (5-0) leads the Northeast Division and is the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference. Florida (5-4) is tied with Tampa Bay in points atop the Southeast.

The Senators will next play Monday at Carolina, while the Panthers will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

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