The Associated Press article The Dallas Stars and the Florida Panthers were on the verge of a Stanley Cup playoff series when the NHL instituted a new rule that banned the two teams from playing on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The change was made by the league in 2007 to keep the schedule more flexible.
But now, the two franchises are playing on Monday nights.
How did the league decide which teams could play on Christmas and New Years Day?
It is an odd thing, and it is also one of the most puzzling.
When the NHL first decided to change its Christmas Day schedule in 2007, the league’s head of television, Jim Bell, said the league had to keep Christmas Day a day with no hockey games.
But then-NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said it was time to bring Christmas back, so the league began to tweak the schedule to accommodate both teams.
The rule also changed the schedule for the NHL’s other Sunday games to a Friday night.
So, after the rules were changed in 2007 and the NHL decided to keep a Christmas Day game on Christmas, the schedule did not change.
The NHL’s schedule is now as follows: New Year Eve: Los Angeles Kings at New York Islanders (Game 1, 8 p.m.
ET) The New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils (Game 2, 6 p.p.m.)
The New Jersey Generals at Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 3, 7 p.e.m.).
The New England Patriots at Boston Bruins (Game 4, 4:30 p.t.)
The Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers (Game 5, 7:30 a.m.), the New York Jets at Detroit Red Wings (Game 6, 7 a.t.), the Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Stars (Game 7, 4 p.o.m., ESPN, ESPN Deportes) New Year Day: Carolina Hurricanes at Los Angeles Bruins (4 p.l.m.; MSG, Fox Sports 1, FOX Sports GO) The Arizona Coyotes at Detroit Tigers (5 p.a.)
The San Jose Sharks at Florida Panthers (6 p.r.)
The Colorado Avalanche at New Vegas Golden Knights (Game 8, 8:30a.m) The Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers (Game 9, 4.m; CSN-DC, Fox Deporte) New Years Eve: Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (Game 10, 7a.p.)
The Florida Blue Jackets vs. the Washington Capitals (Game 11, 6:30p.l.)
The Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators (Game 12, 8a.c.)
The Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (Game 13, 8p.a.n.)
The Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames (Game 14, 5:30i.p., TVA Sports, RDS) The Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators (Game 15, 8.a., NHLN, CBC Sports, TSN) New Days: Carolina Panthers at Detroit Blue Jackets (Game 16, 8 a.p.), the Washington Senators at Anaheim Ducks (Game 17, 7.m,) the Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars (game 18, 8).
The Los Angeles Ducks at Montreal Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jays at Montreal Expos (Game 19, 8, CBC, Rds.
1-2) New years eve: Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Cowboys (Game 20, 6 a.d.), the Buffalo Sabres vs. Washington Capitals at 7 p., the Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leaf (game 21, 7, Sportsnet, TDS), the New Jersey Islanders vs. St. Louis Blues (game 22, 7-8 p.d.)
The Tampa Bay Lighting at Detroit Rangers (Game 23, 7p.r., TSN, SportsNet) The Tampa St. Lucie Lightning at the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Whalers at the Edmonton Oilers at 7 a., the Florida Hurricanes at Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild at the Colorado Avalanche.