The day has finally arrived. The NHL announced today that they have cancelled regular seasons games from October 11 through the 24, totaling 82 games throughout the league.
For the New Jersey Devils, it means the loss of five regular season contests, with three of those being home games. They will lose the season opener on October 12 at the Washington Capitals, the home opener on October 13 against the Boston Bruins, the first meeting at Prudential Center against the rival New York Rangers on October 17, their first home contest against a team north of the border in the Ottawa Senators on October 19 and finally, the October 24 meeting in upstate New York against the Buffalo Sabres.
Their first “potential” game of the regular season is now set for October 26 at home against the Sabres.
The NHL loosely stated in their press release that it is possible those 82 games could be rescheduled, but that appears highly unlikely.
This post will be updated as more details become available.
UPDATE 3:20 P.M. Don Fehr: ”If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue. A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort.”