When the 2021-22 NHL schedule was made, a three-week break was slotted into February with the intention to accommodate the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Now that gamers formally won’t attend because of the rise in COVID-19 circumstances all through the league, plus probably being quarantined in China for 5 weeks ought to they check constructive, the NHL will shift its focus to rescheduling the postponed video games.
Many arenas have already got issues booked all through these three weeks, so scheduling might get tough. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the schedule maker will “ask all 32 golf equipment for up to date constructing dates, significantly for that three-week hole in February. Some buildings had gone forward and booked non-NHL occasions like live shows for that interval however there’s nonetheless some dates to work with.”
For a staff just like the Boston Bruins, who’ve had video games postponed and might want to make them up alongside the best way, they’ll have to work round what TD Backyard has accessible. Between Feb. 6 and 22 there are eight days with nothing on the books, so there may be some flexibility.
Nevertheless, not each NHL staff has had games postponed.
“And it’s not nearly re-scheduling postponed video games in that three-week interval but additionally shifting different video games round from groups that truly weren’t affected but by cancellations in order that these groups have video games to play as nicely throughout that February interval,” LeBrun tweeted.
The NHL shut down groups down by means of the vacation break, with operations set to renew Dec. 27.