NHL postpones three more games, total up to 67

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The NHL has postponed two games Wednesday and one game Friday because of COVID-19 issues.

Games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday and a home-and-home set between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday and Friday will not be played.

Makeup dates for those games will be announced at a later date.

The NHL is set to resume play after the holiday break with three games Tuesday: the Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, TSN2, RDS), the Vegas Golden Knights at the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; BSW, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), and the Arizona Coyotes at the San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE).

The Blackhawks are next scheduled to play at the Nashville Predators on Saturday and the Jets to visit the Calgary Flames on Friday. The Stars are scheduled to visit the Arizona Coyotes and the Avalanche to host the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 2.

The NHL has postponed 67 games this season. That led to the decision to not participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The NHL was planning to pause the season from Feb. 6-22 to allow players to participate, but that block now will be used to reschedule some of the postponed games.

“We’ve sent out communication with clubs and we’re trying to confirm their open building dates, which we have a sense of from earlier communications earlier in the season,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Dec. 23. “We obviously will work very close with the (NHL) Players’ Association. I do think we’ll have to build in some off time during that three-week period for the players as they had anticipated previously. There are a lot of boxes to check there, but I expect that we’ll be able to portion some portion of that break period to various clubs to get their players rested, and I hope to make full utilization of the period so that we can make up the games that we’ve missed.”

The NHL and NHLPA agreed Sunday to allow teams to have a taxi squad with a maximum of six players available to be added to the roster to minimize the chance for further game postponements or teams having to play shorthanded.

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