The NHL will play 95 games from Feb. 7-22 as part of a comprehensive update to the 2021-22 regular-season schedule announced Wednesday. The update would allow all 32 teams to complete their 82-game schedule by the season’s original end date of April 29.
The three-week window in February was previously designated as a pause in the season to accommodate NHL player participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, but the NHL announced Dec 21 it would not be participating because its season had been disrupted as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases and a rising number of postponed games. As of Wednesday, 104 games had been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns. Six had previously been rescheduled.
The updated schedule includes new dates for 98 games postponed over the two-month period from Nov. 18-Jan. 18, and date changes to 23 other games to accommodate the new dates for postponed games.
“We are profoundly grateful to our fans for their support and understanding during a challenging time, and to our clubs, the NHL Players’ Association and the players for their cooperation in a rescheduling of unprecedented logistical complexity,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
Following the break for the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be held in Las Vegas on Feb. 4-5, the NHL will resume with two games on Feb. 7: the Carolina Hurricanes at the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the New Jersey Devils at the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa will play 10 games from Feb. 7-22, the most of any team. The Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets each will play eight.
The busiest day of the revised schedule will be Feb. 17, with 10 games.
Changes to broadcasting schedules of national rightsholders (ESPN, Turner Sports, Sportsnet, TVA Sports) and local club rightsholders will be announced when available.