The NHL isn’t prepared to return again simply but.
The league announced that its vacation pause could be prolonged one other day, suspending the slate of video games initially scheduled for Monday. That features the Rangers, who have been scheduled to host the Pink Wings, the Islanders, who have been slated to play on the Sabres, and the Devils, who had a sport on the Blues postponed.
Going into the break, the Rangers had one participant, Patrik Nemeth, in COVID protocol. The Islanders had three: Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin and Robin Salo. The Devils had 5.
The league left the door open for extending the shutdown additional in a press release asserting the pause. It cited the necessity for, “an enough alternative to research League-wide testing outcomes and to evaluate Golf equipment’ readiness to play,” in justifying the extra day.
“Groups will return to observe on Dec. 26 and it’s anticipated that the League will present an replace on its return to play plans by the tip of the day on Sunday,” the statement read.
The league shut down for the vacations early as a consequence of COVID-19 outbreaks and issues over crossing the Canadian border. With the omicron variant ripping by means of groups, the league needed to put the Flames, Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Pink Wings, Bruins and Predators on pause earlier than pulling the plug on the season. The NHL additionally pulled its gamers from the Beijing Olympics, and can use the allotted two-week break to make up for video games misplaced as a consequence of COVID-19.
The Rangers, Islanders and Devils had residence video games towards Montreal postponed over the break. The Islanders additionally misplaced a scheduled contest on Thursday towards the Capitals. The Rangers are as much as three postponements which have but to be rescheduled, the Islanders have 4.
As of now, they’re each scheduled to return to motion on Dec. 29, with the Islanders residence towards the Pink Wings and the Rangers on the highway towards the Panthers.