The NHL rescheduled eight Detroit Red Wings games in February and March as part efforts to make sure the league plays 82 games this season by the original April 29 ending date.
The Red Wings will play their last 42 games over 98 days, not nearly as compressed as it could have been.
The new dates:
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m, at Philadelphia Flyers (Original date: Jan. 18)
Saturday, Feb. 12, Noon, vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Original date: Feb. 23)
Monday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m., vs. Minnesota Wild (Original date: Dec. 23)
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., vs. New York Rangers (Original date: Dec. 27)
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., vs. Colorado Avalanche (Original date: Dec. 20)
Saturday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Original date: April 26)
Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., at New York Islanders (Original date Dec. 29)
Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m., at Toronto Maple Leafs (Original date: Feb. 26)
Ninety-Five games Rescheduled
In the revised schedule, the NHL will play 95 games from Feb. 7-22 as part of a revamped schedule announced on Wednesday. The update will allow all 32 teams to complete their 82-game schedule by the season’s original ending date of April 29.
The three-week window in February was previously designated as a pause in the season to accommodate NHL player participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. However, the NHL announced on Dec 21 the NHL would not send its players to the Olympics because the season had been disrupted by COVID.
As of Wednesday, 104 games had been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns. Six had previously been rescheduled. The Red Wings will now have seven February games.
Detroit’s next game is Friday against the Dallas Stars. The Red Wings also play the next night in Nashville. Coach Jeff Blashill’s team is coming off back-to-back wins against the Buffalo Sabres.
Dylan Larkin will the Red Wings’ lone representative to the NHL All-Star game in Las Vegas on Feb. 5.. Lucas Raymond lost out on the voting to become “Last Man In” for the Atlantic Division. As they prepare for the second half of the season, the Red Wings claimed Gemel Smith on waivers from Tampa.