With COVID kicking the collective butts of many NHL teams, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to start the holiday break early effective tonight. No games were scheduled on Wednesday night but 5 remaining games for Thursday night are now postponed. All team activities are suspended through December 26th, including team travel. The NHL schedule will resume on December 27th.
The @NHL and @NHLPA have agreed to begin the Holiday Break after Tuesday’s games. Practices will resume on Dec. 26 and the League’s regular-season schedule will resume on Dec. 27. https://t.co/0Bmu8dlZ1M pic.twitter.com/JHbxtzMX6D
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 21, 2021
With the NHL and individual teams having to reschedule approximately 5467 games in March and maybe April, this begs the question: Will the NHL allow their players to compete in the Olympics? The Olympic break is about 3 weeks long in February on the tail end of the ASG. While it would be a nightmare for arena schedulers, the NHL could use that time to reschedule some of these missed games. So far, the NHL and NHLPA have not come to a decision yet on the Olympics but that one will be made in the coming days.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 19, 2021
My guess is that the NHL will not be returning to the Olympics this year.