Today there is a surprise on the schedule of the NHL league: There are no scheduled games!
Of course, Thanksgiving on Thursday has something to do with it, but two days in the same week without a game is pretty unusual and fans are asking questions.
Historically, the NHL has refrained from holding games on Thanksgiving Thursday, reserving the day for families to gather and celebrate the holiday. However, the decision to extend that break until the previous Tuesday raises eyebrows and raises questions about the league’s scheduling strategy.
As reported Jeff Marek of Sportsnet, the NHL only had three buildings available for Tuesday’s games: Arizona, Vancouver and Calgary. But, due to the American holiday week, more American teams have asked to play at home, which takes the Canucks and Flames out of the equation. Calgary begins a four-game trip in the United States on Monday in Seattle, and Vancouver begins a three-game trip in the United States on Wednesday in Colorado.
The only ones left are the Coyotes, who host the Blues on Wednesday and who did not want to play at home twice in a row.
No NHL game tonight, here’s why…
There are only three teams/buildings that can host games tonight – Vancouver, Calgary, Arizona.
Canadian teams are being sent to the United States this week for Thanksgiving and Black Friday as American teams look to play at home this week.