The National Hockey League on Wednesday announced scheduling updates for the 98 games postponed between mid-November and Jan. 18, including the new dates for five previously postponed Arizona Coyotes games and one date change for a game that has yet to be played.
The Coyotes will play five rescheduled games in February including road games Feb. 8 at Vancouver and Feb. 9 at Seattle, and home games Feb. 11 against Tampa Bay, Feb. 19 against Los Angeles and Feb. 20 against Dallas. Four of those games were originally scheduled to be played in December, and the Dallas game in early January.
Additionally, the Coyotes' home game against the expansion Seattle Kraken on March 23 was moved to March 22. Television broadcast information for all rescheduled games will come from the NHL at a later date.
The league hopes all 32 teams can finish an 82-game regular season by the season-ending date of April 29. The NHL, as expected, is taking full advantage of the previously scheduled Winter Olympics break from Feb. 6-22 that was installed before the season to allow all of the NHL players on Olympic teams to compete for the respective countries.
However, the league lost dozens of games to COVID-19 cases among players and staff in the past two months, and four days before Christmas pulled out of participation in the Olympics.
So with no Olympics, regular season games will resume right after the NHL All-Star weekend of Feb. 4 and 5.
Game times for the Canucks and Kraken games on Feb. 8 and 9 are 8 p.m. Phoenix time, then 7:30 at home against the Lightning, 7 p.m. against the Kings (after a full week without playing) and 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 against the Stars.
The Coyotes announced on Twitter that anyone with tickets for the postponed games will have their tickets honored for the rescheduled date, and that if the new game date does not work for anyone, to reach out to where they were purchased to discuss exchange options.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Coyotes to play five games during previously scheduled Olympic break