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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80