NHL announces series of schedule changes; Stars begin season Jan. 22

Crews clean as the ice is resurfaced at American Airlines Arena, home of the Dallas Stars. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

The NHL announced a series of schedule changes on Friday, many of which involve the Dallas Stars, who have been unable to begin their season due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Dallas will get its 2021 campaign underway against the Nashville Predators on Friday, Jan. 22 — more than a week after most teams — the league said in its announcement. This comes after the Stars had multiple players and staff members test positive for the virus since the start of training camp.

All of the NHL's announced schedule changes are listed below:

• Dallas at Florida, originally scheduled for Jan. 14, is now scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET

• Dallas at Florida, originally scheduled for Jan. 15, is now scheduled for Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. ET

• Dallas at Tampa Bay, originally scheduled for Jan. 17, is now scheduled for Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET

• Dallas at Tampa Bay, originally scheduled for Jan. 19, is now scheduled for Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. ET

• Florida at Detroit, originally scheduled for Feb. 21, is now scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. ET

• Dallas at Florida, originally scheduled for Feb. 23, is now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. ET

• Buffalo at Pittsburgh, originally scheduled for March 27, is now scheduled for Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET

• Boston at Washington, originally scheduled for April 11, is now scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. ET

• Pittsburgh at Buffalo, originally scheduled for April 20, is now scheduled for Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m. ET

• Florida at Tampa Bay, originally scheduled for May 4, is now scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. ET

Additionally, the league announced a pair of start time changes:

• Florida at Detroit, originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 19, is now scheduled for 7 p.m. ET

• NY Rangers at Washington, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 21, is now scheduled for 7 p.m. ET

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