A huge winter storm that has gripped a large portion of the South has impacted the NHL schedule and the Nashville Predators.
The Predators and Dallas Stars were scheduled to have a back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday, but power outages due to the winter weather in Dallas caused the game to be postponed:
There were reports that the players were already dressed and ready for warm-ups when the announcement was made. It came as the scheduled puck drop was around an hour away.
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Safety for everyone involved always comes first over playing a hockey game, so no one should be upset that the game was postponed.
This does further complicate the rescheduling for the NHL, who is mostly dealing with COVID-19 postponements. The league just announced a bunch of rescheduled dates, but the Predators and Stars series has not been announced yet.
This marks only the second and third game that the Predators have had postponed so far. Many other teams have missed many more due to COVID-19.
The Predators missed an early game in the season to the Carolina Hurricanes due to a COVID-19 scare within the Carolina organization. That game is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 2. That will be in a stretch when the Predators will play five games in eight days.
As for the Stars, they’ll fall even further behind in their schedule as they’ve only played 12 games this season, while three other teams in the division have already played 17 games.
For now, the NHL is doing a prudent job at rescheduling games and trying to get every team to the 56-game mark to complete the regular season. If that ends up not happening, then point percentages will come into play for playoff seeding.
The Predators have since departed for Columbus to get ready for their next matchup against the Blue Jackets on Thursday. After that, the Predators will have somewhat of a light schedule with three games in six days and no back-to-backs.