The NHL is reportedly making some big schedule changes in the immediate future. Aside from two scheduled games tonight, the league as a whole will shut down until December 26th.
NHL taking its Christmas break early, sources tell ESPN.
Just 2 games scheduled until Dec. 27: Caps at Flyers (ESPN+) & TBL at VGK, both tmrw.
Caps & TBL have already traveled. Caps still have key COVID absences (Backstrom, Oshie, Kuzy). Hayes pulled from Philly practice today.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) December 21, 2021
This is not official from the NHL yet, however the breadth across the hockey media which this story broke yesterday evening, with all of ESPN, TSN, and Sportsnet quoting sources who all said the same thing, makes it sound like the news has already been disseminated out to at least the GM level of every team.