COVID continues to wreck havoc on the NHL and the sports world at-large. Now, again, it is affecting the Blackhawks’ schedule. As part of a three-team shutdown involving the Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, and Calgary Flames, the December 21st game between Chicago and Florida has been postponed.
Additionally, @Avalanche and @FlaPanthers games also will be postponed at least through the scheduled completion of the League's Holiday Break on Dec. 26. https://t.co/uwKuHkEhJw pic.twitter.com/d8r558IcCa
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 17, 2021
This is the second game this month that has been postponed due to the current COVID outbreak in the NHL. Chicago’s December 13th matchup against the Flames was postponed in the original shutdown of the Flames. All three teams will have all games postponed through Christmas.
For those with tickets to the now-postponed FLA-CHI game on Tuesday: pic.twitter.com/RzeHT1IRoK
— Tracey Myers (@Tramyers_NHL) December 17, 2021
The NHL is currently dealing with teams needing to be shut down, playing with under-manned rosters, and lineups that are half-full with minor-league players. At some point, the league has to make a decision on what to do league-wide, not just a team-by-team basis. Pausing the season is reportedly still not under consideration by the NHL, but don’t be surprised if that quickly changes.