As anticipated, the NHL has announced the cancellation of all regular season games through November 30th, 2012. With no hopes of getting the sides to the negotiating table in the near future, there is little room for the 26 percent of the games lost in the schedule to be made up, and we are officially in partial season mode.
Partial season mode means that the 2013 Winter Classic is in jeopardy – the last time the league locked its players out and saved a partial season, the 48 game schedule was played interconference only. This years Winter Classic model had an Eastern Conference team playing a Western Conference team.
While the game could still be played, it would pose a slight problem to schedule makers, who would have to balance the schedules for every team to keep the East vs. West matchup.
Not to the dismay of anyone other than the host city – but the All Star Game scheduled to take place in Columbus is also in jeopardy. Past missed all star games have been temporarily suspended, so it stands to reason that Columbus will host the 2015 All Star game. The 2014 All Star game will be automatically wiped from the schedule next year in favor of allowing NHL players to join their respective National Teams for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.