The NHL announced on December 20 that the 2021 regular season has kicked off and will begin on January 13.
The schedule, a condensed 56-game sprint to the Stanley Cup playoffs, was designed in the hope that some games would have to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN: “The key word this season is ‘agility’.” The increase in cases in the US and Canada was unfortunately to have an impact on the games.
As mentioned earlier, the key word this season is “agility”. I suspect the schedule will change several times for several teams throughout the season, in all likelihood due to positive tests. Get used to it. https://t.co/T3GklgInCk
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 8, 2021
On January 8, that expectation came true after the Stars announced that six players and two staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The team shut down their training facility as a precaution, and as news came six days before Dallas started the season, their first three games have been postponed.
Also on January 8, the Blue Jackets announced the same day that they “had held a number of players out of” the team’s training that day “out of caution and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols” . The team has yet to postpone any game.
NHL games impacted by COVID-19
|Game date ppd.||Game||Reprogramming date|
|Thu, Jan 14||Stars with panthers||To be determined|
|Fri, Jan 15||Stars with panthers||To be determined|
|Sun, January 17||Lightning stars||To be determined|