NHL has buffer after season to reschedule games postponed due to COVID

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Like other leagues that are playing their respective seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL has dealt with some postponed games.

The latest involves the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks, after four members of the Golden Knights were isolated as part of the league's safety protocols. The Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes have also had their schedules affected due to the novel coronavirus.

Despite that, though, the NHL has some wiggle room to make up those postponements.

“The league does have some window here," Sportsnet's Chris Johnston explained during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. "If these spill on beyond the regular season, the NHL feels it has seven-to-10 days of buffer before it needs to start the playoffs, so even if everything isn’t crammed in by May 8, there is still a little bit of room there to play with.”

The Chicago Blackhawks recently added four more players to the NHL's COVID-19 list, but their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday is still on.

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