NHL schedule modifications 2021: Checklist of video games postponed, rescheduled due to COVID-19


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 response to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun: “The important thing phrase this season is ‘nimble.'” The rise in instances in the USA 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 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 observe that day “out of an abundance of warning and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.” The group didn’t but postpone any video games.

As of Feb. 2, a complete of 18 video games have been postponed as a consequence of COVID-19 impacting at the very least one membership. 

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., Could 3
Solar., Jan. 17 Stars at Lightning Tues., Could 4
Tues., Jan. 19 Stars at Lightning Mon., Could 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
Thurs., Jan. 28 Blues at Golden Knights Mon, March 22
Mon., Feb. 1 Golden Knights at Sharks Solar., Feb. 13
Tues., Feb. 2 Devils at Penguins Solar., March 21
Tues., Feb. 2 Sabres at Islanders Mon., Feb. 22
Wed., Feb. 3 Golden Knights at Sharks Thurs., Feb. 25
Thurs., Feb. 4 Devils at Penguins Tues., April 20
Thurs., Feb. 4 Sabres at Islanders Thurs., March 4
Thurs., Feb. 4 Wild at Avalanche Wed., Feb. 24
Sat., Feb. 6 Rangers at Devils Thurs., March 4
Sat., Feb. 6 Sabres at Bruins Sat., March 27
Sat., Feb. 6 Coyotes at Wild Tues., March 16
Sat., Feb. 6 Avalanche at Blues Wed., April 14
Solar., Feb. 7 Avalanche at Blues Tues., April 20
Solar., Feb. 7 Coyotes at Wild Wed., April 14
Mon., Feb. 8 Sabres at Bruins Tues., April 13
Tues., Feb. 9 Blues at Wild Mon., April 12
Tues., Feb. 9 Flyers at Capitals Tues., April 13
Tues., Feb. 9 Coyotes at Avalanche Wed., March 31
Thurs., Feb. 11 Coyotes at Avalanche Mon., April 12
Thurs., Feb. 11 Capitals at Sabres Mon., March 15
Thurs., Feb. 11 Blues at Wild Thurs., March 25
Thurs., Feb. 11 Devils at Flyers Solar., April 25
Sat., Feb. 13 Capitals at Sabres Fri., April 9
Sat., Feb. 13 Wild at Kings Fri., April 23
Sat., Feb. 13 Devils at Flyers Mon., Could 10
Solar., Feb. 14 Flyers at Rangers Thurs., April 22
Mon., Feb. 15 Devils at Bruins Solar., March 7
Thurs., Feb. 25 Golden Knights at Sharks Fri., April 23
Sat., March 20 Bruins at Sabres Tues., April 20
Mon., March 22 Oilers at Canadiens^ Tues., March 30
Tues., March 23 Islanders at Bruins Mon., Could 10
Wed., March 24 Oilers at Canadiens Mon., Could 10
Fri., March 26 Oilers at Canadiens Tues., Could 11
Solar., March 28 Senators at Canadiens Sat., April 17
Wed., March 31 Flames at Canucks  
Sat., April 3 Canucks at Oilers  
Solar., April 4 Canucks at Jets  
Tues., April 6 Canucks at Jets  
Thurs., April 8 Canucks at Flames  
Sat., April 10 Canucks at Flames  

*Hurricanes at Predators was the primary NHL recreation to be postponed on the day of.

^First North Division recreation postponed.

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As a consequence of Dallas’ video games being postponed in January, the next video games have been additionally impacted:

  • Panthers at Purple 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 Could 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

With the postponement of three Golden Knights video games, the next video games have been modified as nicely:

  • Geese at Sharks, initially scheduled for Feb.13, is now Tues., April 6
  • Golden Knights at Geese, initially scheduled for Feb. 26, is now Fri., April 23.
  • Blues at Sharks, initially scheduled for Feb. 26, is now Mon., March 8.

After the Avalanche and Wild have been shut down for every week, the NHL adjusted the schedule and moved two video games from March to February:

  • Coyotes at Blues, initially scheduled for March 29, is now Sat., Feb. 6.
  • Coyotes at Blues, initially scheduled for March 31, is now Mon., Feb. 8.

With plenty of groups shut down, on Feb. 9, the NHL shifted one other recreation and now the Blues and Coyotes will play seven straight video games in opposition to one another. 

  • Blues at Coyotes, initially scheduled for April 15, is now Fri., Feb. 12

On Feb. 16, the NHL introduced the shifted of 30 video games on the 2021 schedule (29 date modifications, one is a time change).

The NHL introduced the rescheduling, or shifting of begin occasions, for plenty of video games on Feb. 23.

Extra schedule modifications have been introduced on March 28, together with seeing plenty of video games set for Could 10.

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