The NHL’s top 30 teams are getting back to basics, and it’s getting harder and harder to find the right ones to watch this fall.
The league has added a new rule to the schedule that allows teams to skip games that don’t have an “off day” (such as Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues) or the day after a “road game” (like Saturday’s matchup against the Nashville Predators).
The change also makes it easier to get an accurate picture of how the NHL’s schedule looks for the season’s second half, but it’s not without its downsides.
The rules also let teams skip games where the game is tied or if the other team is 1-0 or 2-0 up.
That means teams will need to get creative in deciding which games to skip.
The NHLPA has already raised concerns that the rules will hurt the teams that have a long playoff history, and fans are hoping to see a few of the top performers get back on the ice in the new year.
The NHL has made clear that it will only play games during off-days.
This change means that teams can continue to practice but will not be able to compete in games that are not scheduled during the bye weeks.
The league says that it is working on changes to the new rule.
We look forward to hearing from all our players and fans during the upcoming weeks.
— Scott Arniel (@scottarniel) October 14, 2019 The NHL is also allowing players to practice, which could be a boon to players who are out with injuries.
We are pleased to see the league are making progress on this important issue.
— John Shannon (@JohnShannon) October 13, 2019