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Penguins Game vs. Bruins on Dec. 27 Postponed; Games Resume Dec. 28

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To give the NHL enough time to analyze testing and assess teams’ ability to resume the season, the NHL has extended the season pause until Dec. 28. The extension means the NHL postponed the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Dec. 27.

However, teams may return to practice on Sunday, Dec. 26. The NHL will update its schedule by the end of the day on Sunday.

It’s a natural assumption more teams could experience an outbreak as the highly contagious Omnicron variant sweeps through the league. The NHL used the Calgary Flames outbreak, one of the first and most severe in the league, to inform them. According to the Flames GM Brad Treveling and their team doctor, Dr. Ian Auld, the NHL learned the variant could spread through on-ice contact–a significant change since previous variants were not believed to be spread on the ice.

The Penguins had practice scheduled in Boston on the 26th and another on the 28th in Toronto.  The Penguins have a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on the 29th.

The Penguins did not immediately update their practice schedule. PHN will update the story as the Penguins update their schedule. The Pittsburgh Penguins schedule may include previously unscheduled practices at the UPMC Lemieux Complex, often open to the public.

The team is currently on a seven-game winning streak and occupies the first-wild card position. The Penguins moved to within four points of the Carolina Hurricanes, who lead the Metro Division.

The NHL Press Release:

NEW YORK (Dec. 24, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that its regular-season schedule would not resume prior to Tuesday, Dec. 28. The League had planned to resume its schedule on Dec. 27 but in order to allow the League an adequate opportunity to analyze League-wide testing results and to assess Clubs’ readiness to play, the target date for resumption of gameplay will be pushed back an additional day. Teams will return to practice on Dec. 26 and it is expected that the League will provide an update on its return to play plans by the end of day on Sunday.

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Uros
Uros
29 days ago

Well, turns out I’m reading these things late. So it won’t be monday after all. Tuesday it is then. Or is it?

Joe G Runstedler
Joe G Runstedler
29 days ago

Something needs to give in the near future regarding the testing in the league. At their current trajectory, the 82 games/ team will be completed in 2023, perhaps later. It seems clear to a layman like myself that the current safety plan is doing more harm than good. One has ro assume that men like Bettman can see the same, and will change course.

As a Canadian, I also recognize the unnecessary obstacles Justin Trudeau and the provincial Premiers have placed in front of the league.

Jay95
Jay95(@jay95)
28 days ago

I think I agree with Yzerman’s take. Basically, the new variant spreads much easier, but it doesn’t have the same bite as the original. Even the Delta variant seemed to be trending those way. I could see the regular testing to be done away with and only testing those who are symptomatic.

This is coming from someone who almost died from the original strain last December. It hit HARD! But, as an athlete I’ve seen that most teammates who’ve tested positively as the variants hit haven’t had the fallout of those who had it in 2020 early 2021.

Joe G Runstedler
Joe G Runstedler
28 days ago
Reply to  Jay95

Agree with Yzerman and the NFL approach also. I believe it to be a positive that folks like himself and Hellebyuck are voicing how they feel.

Secondly, glad to hear that you were able to battle back from covid sir. All the best to you and yours going forward.

Jay95
Jay95(@jay95)
28 days ago

I think it’s smart to give it time now, come up with a plan, and move forward. Plus, it’s given players a true holiday break. I’m cool with that.

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