The NHL announced that the season will not resume on the originally scheduled date of Dec. 27.
The NHL, much like other professional and collegiate sports leagues, are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks. As a result of 10 teams being shut down, the league announced that the season would be paused until the conclusion of the holiday break, setting up a return to play on Dec. 27.
On Friday, the league released a statement announcing that the return to game play will be postponed by a day (Tuesday, Dec. 28). That means that the 14 games on the schedule for this Monday have officially been postponed. The NHL says that they expect to provide an update on Sunday.
You can read the full statement below, courtesy of the league’s official public relations Twitter account:
NHL delays return to game until Dec. 28
After this latest announcement, the league has now postponed a total of 64 games this season due to COVID-19.
As a result of the large number of postponed games, the NHL announced this week that they were officially pulling out of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
There are four games on the schedule for Dec. 28, and they are as follows:
- Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET
NHL fans, keep your eyes peeled for another announcement from the league on Sunday in regards to when the 2021-22 season will resume.