The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to pause the season as of Wednesday through the Christmas break, according to multiple reports. There are two games scheduled to be played on Tuesday, one of which is the Capitals at the Philadelphia Flyers. That game remains on, for now. This pause will, however, postpone Washington's game on Thursday against the New York Islanders.
The Christmas break goes through Dec. 26. Team facilities will reopen Dec. 26 no earlier than 2 p.m.
There are 14 games scheduled for Dec. 27, including the Caps hosting the Ottawa Senators, but it is fair to wonder how likely those games are to be played considering the length of time teams will have gone without even skating on the ice, let alone playing in a game.
The NHL had already canceled all cross-border games between teams in Canada and the U.S. through Dec. 23. If that is extended past the holiday then Washington's game with the Senators at Capital One Arena would become another casualty.
The pause comes amid a growing number of players entering the league's COVID-19 protocol, games getting postponed and multiple teams getting shut down. There were already eight teams officially shut down through the break before the league-wide pause.
This news is also a blow to the possibility of Olympic participation which seems remote at this point. Along with the numerous concerns of traveling to China and risking a positive test while overseas, the NHL now has a growing number of games to reschedule.
Enjoy Caps-Flyers Tuesday because it's the last Caps hockey we will get to see until Dec. 27 and possibly beyond.