NHL extends pause, postpones Islanders, Rangers, Devils games

The NHL isn’t ready to come back just but. 

The league introduced that its holiday break pause would be extended a different day, suspending the slate of game titles originally scheduled for Monday. That involves the Rangers, who were being scheduled to host the Pink Wings, the Islanders, who were being slated to engage in at the Sabres, and the Devils, who had a sport at the Blues postponed. 

Heading into the split, the Rangers had just one participant, Patrik Nemeth, in COVID protocol. The Islanders had three: Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin and Robin Salo. The Devils had five. 

The league left the doorway open up for extending the shutdown even further in a statement saying the pause. It cited the need for, “an sufficient prospect to review League-broad tests success and to assess Clubs’ readiness to engage in,” in justifying the further day. 

“Teams will return to exercise on Dec. 26 and it is envisioned that the League will give an update on its return to engage in plans by the end of the day on Sunday,” the statement go through. 

The league shut down for the vacations early because of to COVID-19 outbreaks and worries about crossing the Canadian border. With the omicron variant ripping via groups, the league had to set the Flames, Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Pink Wings, Bruins and Predators on pause before pulling the plug on the period. The NHL also pulled its gamers from the Beijing Olympics, and will use the allotted two-7 days split to make up for game titles shed because of to COVID-19. 

The Rangers, Islanders and Devils had house game titles towards Montreal postponed about the split. The Islanders also shed a scheduled contest on Thursday towards the Capitals. The Rangers are up to three postponements that have but to be rescheduled, the Islanders have four. 

As of now, they are the two scheduled to return to action on Dec. 29, with the Islanders house towards the Pink Wings and the Rangers on the street towards the Panthers.