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The omicron variant of COVID-19 hit the NHL so hard in December that play was halted. The NHL was forced to postpone so many games that the league extended its planned holiday break, pausing the season from Dec. 22-27.

The league is resuming play on Tuesday with four scheduled games. 

As teams return to the ice, the NHL and NHLPA did agree to update its COVID-19 protocols through at least Jan. 7. The league will conduct daily testing for both players and coaches, in addition to implementing pregame testing on a case-by-case basis. Taxi squads are also returning to the league to help teams with depleted rosters.

Games between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, and Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, which were scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 28, have been postponed because of COVID-19.

The following games have been postponed:

  • Seattle Kraken at Vancouver Canucks (Dec. 27)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks (Dec. 28)
  • Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators (Dec. 29)
  • Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets (Dec. 29)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs (Dec. 29)
  • Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche (Dec. 29)

In addition, the NHL announced on Tuesday that due to current attendance restrictions impacting Canadian cities, nine additional games are going to be rescheduled for later dates.

Here is the NHL schedule for the upcoming week of Dec. 26 as the league returns to play:

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Thursday, Dec. 30

  • Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.
  • Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.
  • Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
  • Calgary Flames at Seattle Kraken, 10 p.m.
  • Philadelphia Flyers at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m.
  • Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 31

  • Edmonton Oilers at New Jersey Devils, 1 p.m.
  • Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins, 1 p.m.
  • Anaheim Ducks at Vegas Golden Knights, 3 p.m.
  • New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.
  • Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
  • Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m.
  • Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 1

  • Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins, 1 p.m.
  • Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets, 1 p.m.
  • Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers, 1 p.m.
  • Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators, 2 p.m.
  • Edmonton Oilers at New York Islanders, 2 p.m.
  • Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
  • St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m. (Winter Classic)
  • Vancouver Canucks at Seattle Kraken, 10 p.m.
  • Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 2

  • Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers, 12:30 p.m.
  • Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 1 p.m.
  • San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins, 1 p.m.
  • Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche, 3 p.m.
  • New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals, 3 p.m.
  • Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights, 4 p.m.
  • Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
  • Dallas Stars at Arizona Coyotes, 8 p.m.