It’s an unfortunate circumstance, but ultimately the NHL did what they needed to do.
The NHL has elected to temporarily suspend the rest of the regular season among growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and to ultimately protect its players and fans. This follows the NBA’s decision to suspend their season after a player had tested positive. Here is the full press release from the NHL.
The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/bCi776ZFqX
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2020
There has currently been no word on how long this suspension could last. The situation has been a very fluid things could change at any given moment. The league’s goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate to do so. While it may be the furthest thing on their minds, the Flyers will remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 89 points. The team was set to play the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.
What also isn’t known is how the league will resume whenever that time comes. For the Flyers, they have a little over three weeks and 13 games remaining. Some teams have more while other teams have less. If the league decides to forgo the rest of the season and begin with the playoffs, the Flyers would take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. The NHL’s intent seems to lie on finishing the regular season at some point.
Everything is up in the air right now, however. This will clearly be something the NHL will be taking on a day-by-day or even a week-by-week basis.
The most important thing now is for everyone to remain safe. This is uncharted territory for all of us currently involved. We will try to do our best and keep everyone updated as things unfold.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.