The NHL will pause the 2019-20 regular season, due to the concerns of the coronavirus, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Thursday. The NHL has almost 200 games still remaining, with the season originally scheduled to finish on the 4th April, with the Stanley Cup Play-offs starting from the 6th.
Nathan MacKinnon is expected to be out for between seven and 14 days, due to a lower body injury. The Avalanche centre left the ice during the second period of their 3-1 loss against the Kings on Monday, and did not ice against the Rangers on Wednesday.
J T Compher scored after two and a half minutes of overtime, as the Colorado Avalanche kept up their pursuit of leaders St. Louis Blues in the Central Division, after a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The Avs remain just two points behind the Blues for the division lead after St. Louis completed victory against the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.
The Winnipeg Jets moved two points clear of the Nashville Predators for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup play-offs from the Western Conference with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday. Kyle Connor scored a brace and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for the Jets, who are currently 37-28-6.
Los Angeles Kings made it a magnificent seven wins in a row after a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. Gabriel Vilardi picked up 1+1 on the night, with Kings netminder Calvin Petersen made 24 saves as the Kings made it 10-2-1 in their past 13 games.
The St. Louis Blues maintained their two-point lead in the Central Division after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 at United Center on Sunday. Jake Allen made 29 saves and Jaden Schwartz had two assists for the Blues who are currently 9-1-0 in their past ten games.
The Philadelphia Flyers made it nine wins in a row, after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 at Wells Fargo Centre on Saturday. The win keeps them tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division, with the Washington Capitals who won 5-2 at the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the day.
Mikko Koshinen came within a minute of a shut out, but still made 46 saves for the Edmonton Oilers in their 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Place on Saturday. The victory moved the Oilers into a tie with the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division.