The NHL introduced Dec. 20 that the 2021 common season was a go and would start Jan. 13.
The schedule, a 56-game condensed dash to the Stanley Cup playoffs, was devised with the expectation that some video games must be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on TSN’s Pierre LeBrun: “The important thing phrase this season is ‘nimble.'” The rise in instances in the US and Canada was anticipated, sadly, to influence video games.
As talked about earlier than, the important thing phrase this season is `nimble.’ My guess is the schedule goes to vary many instances for a number of groups all through the season in all probability due to optimistic exams. Get used to this. https://t.co/T3GklgInCk
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 8, 2021
On Jan. 8, that expectation got here to fruition after the Stars introduced six gamers and two employees members examined optimistic for the coronavirus. The group shut down its coaching facility as a precaution, and since the information got here six days earlier than the beginning of Dallas’ season, its first three video games have been postponed.
Additionally on Jan. 8, the Blue Jackets introduced the identical day that they “held plenty of gamers out of” the group’s apply that day “out of an abundance of warning and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.” The group has not but postponed any video games.
NHL video games impacted by COVID-19
|Date of recreation ppd.||Recreation||Reschedule date|
|Thu., Jan. 14||Stars at Panthers||Mon., Feb. 22|
|Fri., Jan. 15||Stars at Panthers||Mon., Might 3|
|Solar., Jan. 17||Stars at Lightning||Tues., Might 4|
|Tues., Jan. 19||Stars at Lightning||Mon., Might 10|
|Tues., Jan. 19||Hurricanes at Predators*||Tues., March 2|
|Thurs., Jan. 21||Panthers at Hurricanes||Wed., Feb. 17|
|Sat., Jan. 23||Panthers at Hurricanes||Solar., March 7|
|Tues., Jan. 26||Lightning at Hurricanes||Mon., Feb. 22|
*Hurricanes at Predators was the primary NHL recreation to be postponed on the day of.
On account of Dallas’ video games being postponed in January, the next video games have been additionally impacted:
- Panthers at Crimson Wings, initially scheduled for Feb. 21, is now Sat., Feb. 20.
- Stars at Panthers, initially scheduled for Feb. 23, is now Wed., Feb. 24.
- Sabres at Penguins, initially scheduled for March 27, is now Fri., March 26.
- Bruins at Capitals, initially scheduled for April 11, is now Sat. April 10.
- Penguins at Sabres, initially scheduled for April 20, is now Mon., April 19.
- Panthers at Lightning, initially scheduled for Might 4, is now Tues., March 16
After Carolina’s video games have been postponed in January, the next video games have been additionally switched:
- Blue Jackets at Hurricanes, initially scheduled for Feb. 16, is now Mon., Feb. 15.
- Panthers at Lightning, initially scheduled for Feb. 16, is now Mon., Feb. 15.
- Hurricanes at Lightning, initially scheduled for Feb. 22, is now Wed., Feb. 24