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. In accordance with 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.

On Jan. 8, that expectation got here to fruition after the Stars introduced six gamers and two workers members examined constructive for the coronavirus. The staff 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 quite a lot of gamers out of” the staff’s follow that day “out of an abundance of warning and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.” The staff 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 TBD
Fri., Jan. 15 Stars at Panthers TBD
Solar., Jan. 17 Stars at Lightning TBD