NHL’s ‘pauses’ for Avs, Panthers, Flames = Detroit vs. Colorado on December 20th is postponed

From the NHL:

The @NHL has extended the period of game postponements for the @NHLFlames through Dec. 23.

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

So the Red Wings’ game vs. the Avs at Little Caesars Arena on December 20th has been postponed…And the Wild, who are the Wings’ last opponent before Christmas (in Minnesota on the 23rd), have had their last two games postponed due to COVID issues on their opposing teams.

The Red Wings are confirming the news:

Red Wings vs. Avalanche game on Dec. 20 has been postponed.

More details to come. https://t.co/7lodH57yXA— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 17, 2021

All tickets for Monday’s game will be valid once a new date for the game is selected.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 17, 2021

Update #2: Here’s the NHL’s press release, per the Red Wings’ PR:


NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has extended the period of game postponements for the Calgary Flames through their game previously scheduled for Dec. 23 against Seattle. Additionally, due to concern with the number of positive cases within the last two days as well concern for continued COVID spread in the coming days, the Colorado Avalanche’s and Florida Panthers’ games also will be postponed at least through the scheduled completion of the League’s Holiday Break in the schedule on Dec. 26. The decision was made by the NHL’s, the NHLPA’s and the Club medical groups.

A decision on when each team’s training facilities will re-open will be made by the League and the NHLPA in the coming days. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising all three teams’ regular season schedules.

The Flames’ postponed games to date include: Dec. 13 @ Chicago; Dec. 14 @ Nashville; Dec. 16 vs. Toronto; Dec. 18 vs. Columbus; Dec. 21 vs. Anaheim; Dec. 23 vs. Seattle.

The Avalanche’s postponed games include: Dec. 18 vs. Tampa Bay; Dec. 20 @ Detroit; Dec. 22 @ Buffalo; Dec. 23 @ Boston.

The Panthers’ postponed games include: Dec. 18 @ Minnesota; Dec. 21 @ Chicago; Dec. 23 vs. Nashville.

The Flames, Avalanche and Panthers organizations have followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of their Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state/provincial and federal agencies.

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