The NHL will have to postpone their first game that doesn’t involve the Dallas Stars. Who still haven’t played a game. And that has really put the NHL schedule into a time crunch. Now the NHL has to postpone the game scheduled for today (1-19) between the Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes due to COVID-19.
Hearing the Carolina-Nashville game tonight is postponed. Covid situation with the Hurricanes. — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 19, 2021
This is a huge bummer for Hurricanes and Predators fans. But hockey fans and the NHL will have to get used to this. The NHL will delay games all season due to COVID-19. Every single sports league that has played, or is currently playing, has had game delays. This isn’t the first game the NHL has had to postpone. And it’s likely not going to be the last.
The NHL announced the game’s [Hurricanes at Predators] postponement and said it was “out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches, and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.” The Athletic
If the NHL is going to be postponing games out of an abundance of caution then we’re likely to see a bunch of postponements. This Hurricanes Predators postponement won’t be the last. NHL fans have to get used to games being delayed out of an abundance of caution. There might even be enough of them where the season needs to be extended for a few days. Because right now the Stars are going to be playing 56 games in 100 ish days. And that can’t be good for player health and safety. And if more postponements happen then more teams will be in the same boat as the Stars.
But these game postponements are unlikely to result in the NHL season being cancelled. No way the NHL wants to start and stop their season while all the other major sports are able to play.