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NHL delays return to play, Canes vs. Panthers postponed

Another postponement down the wire for the Canes, as Monday’s meeting with the Panthers is off.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL announced Friday that its return to play would be delayed by a day, as all Dec. 27 games have been postponed.

For the Canes, that means that Monday night’s home tilt with the Florida Panthers is off. Carolina’s next scheduled game, for now, will be Thursday Dec. 30 against the Canadiens at home, though everything at this point is up in the air.

Here is the full release from the NHL:

NEW YORK (Dec. 24, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that its regular-season schedule will not resume prior to Tuesday, Dec. 28. The League had planned to resume its schedule on Dec. 27, but in order to allow the League an adequate opportunity to analyze League-wide testing results and to assess Clubs’ readiness to play, the target date for resumption of game play will be pushed back an additional day. Teams will return to practice on Dec. 26 and it is expected that the League will provide an update on its return to play plans by the end of day on Sunday.