NHL postpones more games but will resume play Tuesday; Return of Taxi Squads – Deadline

The NHL confirmed today that it will resume play on Tuesday after being closed since December 20 amid the global wave of Covid and its omicron variant.

The league has also postponed three more games scheduled for this week – bringing the total number to 70 – and is bringing back the “cab teams” that were introduced when play resumed after the Covid-shortened 2019-20 season.

But the NHL is set to return to three cities on Tuesday as the Lon Angeles Kings host the Vegas Golden Knights, the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Montreal Canadiens in Florida and the Arizona Coyotes visit the San Jose Sharks.

The canceled games this week are the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday in Canada and the home-and-away games between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday in Denver and Friday in Texas. Makeup games are TBA.

Meanwhile, in a move to minimize the need for teams to play with less than the usual 18 skaters on a side, the league is bringing back taxi teams from its Covid-shortened seasons. Each team is allowed a reserve group of at least half a dozen players — a move that will be in effect until at least the All-Star Break, which is scheduled for the first week of February.

After each club’s last game before the all-star break, its taxi squad will disband, the league has announced.

The 2022 NHL Winter Classic remains set for New Year’s Day, with the annual outdoor game this year featuring the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis. The league confirmed last week that its players will skip the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing due to Covid fears.

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