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.
As talked about earlier than, the important thing phrase this season is `nimble.’ My guess is the schedule goes to alter many instances for a number of groups all through the season in all probability due to constructive checks. 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 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|