The tales of the 2021 NHL season

The Maple Leafs are one of the teams that are positively affected by the division realignments.

The Maple Leafs are one of the teams that are positively affected by the division realignments.

Tyler Cosier, Staff Writer

The 2020-21 NHL season has been interesting due to COVID-19. So far, it has affected 27 games. It has affected the season by some teams having already a different amount of games as teams in the same division. It has also affected the season by having to push games back due to the virus.  On top of that, four Dallas Stars home games were affected due to a winter storm.

For the Dallas Stars, their first four games were postponed due to COVID-19. The two road contests against the Florida Panthers on January 14 and 15 were postponed. The two road games against the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 17 and 19 were also postponed. One of the Dallas-Tampa Bay games was rescheduled for May 10, two days after the regular season was intended to end. The two games that were scheduled for February 18 and 20 between the Stars and Lightning were postponed due to the winter storm.

Four Colorado Avalanche games, two road games at St. Louis on February 6 and 7 and the two home games against Arizona on February 9 and 11 were postponed. Both Tyson Jost and Gabriel Landeskog were placed on the COVID-19 protocol list. The Blues and Coyotes’ two-game set in St. Louis on March 29 and 31 was rescheduled to February 6 and 8. It makes it now a four-game series after the two teams already played twice on February 2 and 4.

On February 8, the Buffalo-Washington games on February 11 and 13 were postponed. Buffalo head coach Ralph Krueger had tested positive for COVID. In addition, to the postponements, the NHL postponed the New Jersey-Philadelphia games on February 11 and 13. It also canceled the New Jersey-Boston game for February 15.

The Carolina Hurricanes-Nashville Predators game on January 19 was postponed after four Carolina players were added to the COVID-19 list. The next day, the NHL decided to also postpone Carolina’s game against Tampa Bay on January 26.

Overall, the NHL’s season has been a mess. The NHL season isn’t even halfway over yet. The division realignment has affected some teams positively and negatively. For example, the Sharks are in 7th place in the West division. The Ducks are in 8th place in the West division. The Penguins are in 4th place in the East division. These teams are all negatively affected by the division realignment. The Coyotes are in 4th place in the West division. The Bruins are in 1st place in the East division. The Maple Leafs are in 1st place in the North division. The Oilers are in 2nd place in the North division. These teams are positively affected by the division realignments.