The road game the Chicago Blackhawks were originally set to play Feb. 20 against the Carolina Hurricanes has a new date: May 6 at 6 p.m.
The league also shifted dates or times for four other Hawks games.
The March 20 game at the Tampa Bay Lightning moves up from 6 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The April 4 game at the Nashville Predators moves to April 19 at 7 p.m.
The May 6 game against the Dallas Stars at the United Center moves to May 9 at 6 p.m.
The May 8 home game against the Stars moves to May 10 at 7 p.m.
The league bumped the Blackhawks’ Feb. 20 game at Carolina last week to so the Hurricanes could host the Lightning that day. The Lightning had been set to play two games in Dallas last week, but those plans were scuttled by the Texas power outages brought on by freezing temperatures.
That weather along with COVID-19 postponements have had a domino effect on the NHL schedule.
The league announced 24 date changes and six time changes Tuesday, including the Hawks’ games.
Other than a time change, the Hawks’ March slate stays intact.
The April 19 change means that after a two-game road trip to face the Detroit Red Wings, the Hawks will swing by Nashville for a game and then host the Predators for two games later that week.
Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton said if such an eventuality ever happened — in which the Hawks would play the same team three times in a row or more — he likened it to preparing for a short playoff series.
“Yeah, that’s just like a playoff series,” Colliton said earlier this month. “Everyone loves those, so I think that’s how you’d approach it. It’s a unique situation this year and finding different ways to get in games.
“You want to get into games when you can and you just embrace the challenge. It’s a different schedule this year. I’ve enjoyed playing the same team back to back.”
The rescheduled February game (to May 6) adds one more game to May’s slate, giving the Blackhawks six to finish the abbreviated 56-game season. The Hawks already were set to play at PNC Arena on May 3 and 4, so they would just stay in Carolina two more days.
By bumping the last two games — at home versus the Stars — the Hawks’ calendar gets extended by two days, placing the season finale on May 10 instead of May 8.