NHL schedule changes 2021: List of games postponed, rescheduled because of COVID-19

The NHL announced Dec. 20 that the 2021 regular season was a go and would begin Jan. 13.

The schedule, a 56-game condensed sprint to the Stanley Cup playoffs, was devised with the expectation that some games would have to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun: “The key word this season is ‘nimble.'” The rise in cases in the United States and Canada was expected, unfortunately, to impact games.

On Jan. 8, that expectation came to fruition after the Stars announced six players and two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The team shut down its training facility as a precaution, and because the news came six days before the start of Dallas’ season, its first three games were postponed.

Also on Jan. 8, the Blue Jackets announced the same day that they “held a number of players out of” the team’s practice that day “out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.” The team did not yet postpone any games.

As of Feb. 2, a total of 18 games have been postponed due to COVID-19 impacting at least one club.

NHL games impacted by COVID-19

Date of game ppd.GameReschedule date
Thu., Jan. 14Stars at PanthersMon., Feb. 22
Fri., Jan. 15Stars at PanthersMon., May 3
Sun., Jan. 17Stars at LightningTues., May 4
Tues., Jan. 19Stars at LightningMon., May 10
Tues., Jan. 19Hurricanes at Predators*Tues., March 2
Thurs., Jan. 21Panthers at HurricanesWed., Feb. 17
Sat., Jan. 23Panthers at HurricanesSun., March 7
Tues., Jan. 26Lightning at HurricanesMon., Feb. 22
Thurs., Jan. 28Blues at Golden KnightsMon, March 22
Mon., Feb. 1Golden Knights at SharksSun., Feb. 13
Tues., Feb. 2Devils at PenguinsSun., March 21
Tues., Feb. 2Sabres at IslandersMon., Feb. 22
Wed., Feb. 3Golden Knights at SharksThurs., Feb. 25
Thurs., Feb. 4Devils at PenguinsTues., April 20
Thurs., Feb. 4Sabres at IslandersThurs., March 4
Thurs., Feb. 4Wild at AvalancheWed., Feb. 24
Sat., Feb. 6Rangers at DevilsThurs., March 4
Sat., Feb. 6Sabres at BruinsSat., March 27
Sat., Feb. 6Coyotes at WildTues., March 16
Sat., Feb. 6Avalanche at BluesWed., April 14
Sun., Feb. 7Avalanche at BluesTues., April 20
Sun., Feb. 7Coyotes at WildWed., April 14
Mon., Feb. 8Sabres at BruinsTues., April 13
Tues., Feb. 9Blues at WildMon., April 12
Tues., Feb. 9Flyers at CapitalsTues., April 13
Tues., Feb. 9Coyotes at AvalancheWed., March 31
Thurs., Feb. 11Coyotes at AvalancheMon., April 12
Thurs., Feb. 11Capitals at SabresMon., March 15
Thurs., Feb. 11Blues at WildThurs., March 25
Thurs., Feb. 11Devils at FlyersSun., April 25
Sat., Feb. 13Capitals at SabresFri., April 9
Sat., Feb. 13Wild at KingsFri., April 23
Sat., Feb. 13Devils at FlyersMon., May 10
Sun., Feb. 14Flyers at RangersThurs., April 22
Mon., Feb. 15Devils at BruinsSun., March 7
Thurs., Feb. 25Golden Knights at SharksFri., April 23
Sat., March 20Bruins at SabresTues., April 20
Mon., March 22Oilers at Canadiens^Tues., March 30
Tues., March 23Islanders at BruinsMon., May 10
Wed., March 24Oilers at CanadiensMon., May 10
Fri., March 26Oilers at CanadiensTues., May 11
Sun., March 28Senators at CanadiensSat., April 17
Wed., March 31Flames at Canucks
Sat., April 3Canucks at Oilers
Sun., April 4Canucks at Jets
Tues., April 6Canucks at Jets
Thurs., April 8Canucks at Flames
Sat., April 10Canucks at Flames

*Hurricanes at Predators was the first NHL game to be postponed on the day of.

^First North Division game postponed.

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Due to Dallas’ games being postponed in January, the following games were also impacted:

  • Panthers at Red Wings, originally scheduled for Feb. 21, is now Sat., Feb. 20.
  • Stars at Panthers, originally scheduled for Feb. 23, is now Wed., Feb. 24.
  • Sabres at Penguins, originally scheduled for March 27, is now Fri., March 26.
  • Bruins at Capitals, originally scheduled for April 11, is now Sat. April 10.
  • Penguins at Sabres, originally scheduled for April 20, is now Mon., April 19.
  • Panthers at Lightning, originally scheduled for May 4, is now Tues., March 16

After Carolina’s games were postponed in January, the following games were also switched:

  • Blue Jackets at Hurricanes, originally scheduled for Feb. 16, is now Mon., Feb. 15.
  • Panthers at Lightning, originally scheduled for Feb. 16, is now Mon., Feb. 15.
  • Hurricanes at Lightning, originally scheduled for Feb. 22, is now Wed., Feb. 24

With the postponement of three Golden Knights games, the following games were changed as well:

  • Ducks at Sharks, originally scheduled for Feb.13, is now Tues., April 6
  • Golden Knights at Ducks, originally scheduled for Feb. 26, is now Fri., April 23.
  • Blues at Sharks, originally scheduled for Feb. 26, is now Mon., March 8.
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After the Avalanche and Wild were shut down for a week, the NHL adjusted the schedule and moved two games from March to February:

  • Coyotes at Blues, originally scheduled for March 29, is now Sat., Feb. 6.
  • Coyotes at Blues, originally scheduled for March 31, is now Mon., Feb. 8.

With a number of teams shut down, on Feb. 9, the NHL shifted another game and now the Blues and Coyotes will play seven straight games against each other.

  • Blues at Coyotes, originally scheduled for April 15, is now Fri., Feb. 12

On Feb. 16, the NHL announced the shifted of 30 games on the 2021 schedule (29 date changes, one is a time change).

The NHL announced the rescheduling, or shifting of start times, for a number of games on Feb. 23.

More schedule changes were announced on March 28, including seeing a number of games set for May 10.