The Chicago Blackhawks were not the team hit the hardest by the recent COVID outbreak in the NHL, but when the dust settled, they did wind up with six games postponed. Today, the NHL announced all new dates for over 90 games across the league, including seven for the Blackhawks.
New games 𝐮𝐧𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐝🔓 pic.twitter.com/oJxqOcC01e
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 19, 2022
The only non-COVID postponed game getting a new date is the February 12 game against the St. Louis Blues, which has been moved back from its original January 30 scheduled date. Using what was supposed to be the break in February for the Winter Olympics, the NHL crammed as many games as possible into the shortest month of the schedule following the upcoming All-Star break.
Chicago’s last game before the break will be on February 2 against the Minnesota Wild in Chicago and their first of the rescheduled games begin on February 9 when they travel to take on the Edmonton Oilers. That will also be the first time the Blackhawks cross the U.S.-Canada border after the new COVID testing protocols go into effect. They’ll have six games in an 11-day span with three on the road and then three at home. The originally scheduled December 13 game against the Calgary Flames is the only game not happening in February, and will be held on April 18, giving them a seven-game stretch in 12 days.