But when exactly will the season begin and how many games will be played? Those questions were answered tonight. Elliotte Friedman, of Hockey Night in Canada, tweeted that the NHL has confirmed a 48 game schedule that will begin on Saturday, January 19th.
“NHL sends memo to clubs indicating no camps before Saturday (and may not open until Monday), 48-game season to begin Jan. 19.”
But ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun pointed out that, if the NHL so desired, the games could get started even before January 19th.
“NHL sent out memo to teams tonight saying Jan 19 puck drop is most probable, however if ratification process goes fast, Jan 15 still in play.”
All signs point to a January 19th start date that would, as reports surfaced last week, likely feature a Flyers-Penguins matchup to kick off the season. One thing to keep in mind is that the NHL Board of Governors will not meet until Wednesday to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement. That would cut into training camp time if the season were to begin January 15th.
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