Just about the time snow started to pile up on area roadways yesterday, the Bruins announced the scheduled matinee today at the Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning was now a 7:05 start.

It may not be 100 percent certain that the game will be played even then thanks to the monster snowstorm. Ultimately, the decision will be made by the NHL.

“The league is watching the weather very closely,” B’s president Cam Neely said during practice yesterday. “Right now, this is totally the league’s call. With the condensed schedule, it’s very hard to find another date that both Tampa and us can play the game. I think they’ll wait as long as they can to try and get this game played. I think they’re waiting to see how severe this storm is and what our state may do.”

Neely did say that, based on conversations with league officials, he thinks the NHL may postpone the game if an official state of emergency is in place. Later, Gov. Deval Patrick did declare a state of emergency, ordering all non-essential vehicles off roads by 4 p.m. yesterday.

Now, will that edict remain in effect this evening?

“That’s the big issue,” said Neely. “If there’s a state of emergency, I think it would be difficult to play the game. Both teams are here. I guess we could (play), but I don’t think that it would be the safe thing to do because some fans will try to get into the game. I don’t know for certain, but if there is a state of emergency I don’t know if we could play the game.

“This is almost like the same feeling as the lockout: We can’t really figure out what to do until we know what’s going to happen. I hope this is a case, as has happened a few times since ’78, that they overprepared and it isn’t as bad as expected.”