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NHL cancels games through Dec. 30

Red Wings lose seven more games, 35 in total

Monday, 12.10.2012 / 2:00 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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NHL cancels games through Dec. 30

DETROIT – Four days after the NHLPA’s last proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement wasn’t accepted, the league announced today the cancellation of 104 more regular-season games through Dec. 30.

The dissolution of this latest round of games wipes out seven more Red Wings games, including three home games in five days involving the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (Dec. 18), the New York Islanders (Dec. 20), and Columbus Blue Jackets (Dec. 22). The cancellation also eliminates what was left of the Wings’ December road dates at Nashville (Dec. 15), Carolina (Dec. 26), Pittsburgh (Dec. 27) and Ottawa (Dec. 29).

In total, the Red Wings have lost 35 games, which is nearly 43 percent of their 2012-13 season. The lockout has claimed 526 games league-wide.

Prior to Monday’s announcement, the league last cancelled a two-week stretch of games on Nov. 23, wiping out the season through Dec. 14.

The NHL and the players’ association have been without a CBA since Sept. 16. Games have been cancelled through Dec. 30, along with the Winter Classic, which was scheduled for Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, and the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.

Labor talks broke down late last Thursday after it appeared that the two sides had made significant traction toward a deal earlier in the week.

During a press conference held last Thursday in New York, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was asked about the urgency to get a deal done prior to a mythical deadline to cancel the remainder of the season.

“I keep hearing that we have some magic date,” Bettman fumed. “You know what my magic date was? It was Oct. 11 when we should have opened the season with a new collective bargaining agreement. And the fact of the matter is that we will get to a point … that we can’t have a season with integrity, and then we’ll have to make a tough decision.

“I am certainly hoping that we don’t get to that place. But when we do, we’ll be there.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89