The Winnipeg Jets will see their 2020-21 regular season schedule stretched out another two games, following the National Hockey League’s decision to re-open the Vancouver Canucks training facilities following the team’s severe COVID-19 and COVID-19 variant outbreaks.
“The Vancouver Canucks will re-open their facilities for practice on Sunday, April 11, with a return to game play on Friday, April 16 vs. Edmonton,” the League wrote in a statement on Sunday. “The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups… The Canucks’ organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, provincial and federal agencies.”
Having seen a total of eight of Vancouver’s scheduled games postponed from March 31 – April 14, the Canucks will still see a full 56-game season, but have it end on Sunday, May 16 – one week later than the original plan dictated.
That decision, however, will put an exhausted and worn out team on the hook for 19 games in 31 days to wrap up the season.
“The NHL will continue to assess the progression of the regular season before announcing definitive dates for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” the League’s release continued. “With the newly revised end date for the regular season for the North Division, it is possible that the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the East, Central and West Divisions could open a few days earlier than the North Division.”
With two games between the Canucks and Winnipeg Jets having been postponed back in early April, the two teams will battle in a two-game set in Winnipeg to close out the Jets’ season on May 10 and 11.
- VAN vs. WPG originally scheduled for April 4, is now re-scheduled for Monday, May 10 at 7:00 PM central
- VAN vs. WPG originally scheduled for April 6, is now re-scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 PM central
The league’s regular season now runs through May 16 – eight days later than originally planned – with the postseason beginning immediately after. This is in order to have the Stanley Cup Playoffs concluded in time for the 2021 Summer Olympic Games scheduled to begin on July 23.
Following Saturday evening’s 5-0 shutout victory over the Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg now has just 15 games remaining on the season, with nine coming at home (including the two rescheduled games against Vancouver for mid-May.