Updated, 2 p.m.: The NHL canceled another block of games Monday, wiping out the schedule through Dec. 30. This latest round of cancellations brings the total number of regular-season games lost to the lockout, now in its 86th day, to 526 or 42.8 percent of the 2012-13 season. The 2013 Winter Classic and All Star Game have already been erased as well.
Despite the dramatic breakdown of labor negotiations last Thursday, the NHL and NHLPA were in contact over the weekend and may reconvene this week. “Trying to set something up for this week, but nothing finalized yet,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Press.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week he couldn’t envision a season of less than 48 games, which would likely require a resolution by early January to save a season. Back in 1994-95, the lockout ended on Jan. 11, 1995, and a 48-game season began on Jan. 20, 1995, though, it’s believed the league doesn’t want the regular season to drag into May as it did that year.
Thirty-seven Capitals games have been cancelled because of the lockout, with eight more biting the dust this time.
Dec. 15 vs. Tampa Bay
Dec. 17 vs. Florida
Dec. 20 vs. Montreal
Dec. 22 at Boston
Dec. 23 vs. Carolina
Dec. 26 at Buffalo
Dec. 27 vs. New York Islanders
Dec. 29 at Nashville