NHL: League Delays Games, but Who Does It Benefit?

The NHL decided to follow the NBA’s lead and shut down the league for a couple of days due to inequality issues. Players wanted to get their voices heard. The entire league had support and we will see where this goes.

With games resuming on Saturday, who does this couple of days layoff benefit the most in each of the four respective series remaining?

In the Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning series, it definitely benefits Boston more than Tampa Bay. It appeared as if the Lightning were starting to hit their stride after a 7-1 win in Game 3. The Bruins will have a couple of days to rest and get healthy.

Boston got crushed and they could maybe have a reset also. Tampa wants to get back to playing as soon as they can possibly can and they have yet to have Steven Stamkos this postseason, with Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point stealing the show for them.

Jaroslav Halak is tired after Dan Vladar replaced him the other night. Tuukka Rask has left the bubble.


In the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers series, this benefits the New York Islanders. Philadelphia won Game 2 in overtime by Philippe Meyer just 2:41 in. They were going to play Game 3 on Thursday night and I would have liked their chances. Game 3 will now be played on Saturday afternoon.

Claude Giroux has disappeared for them and maybe this will be a wake-up call for him. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this Philadelphia Flyers team though nonetheless. Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Travis Konecny make this a solid first line though nonetheless.

Carter Hart has been very good for the Flyers in net and now head coach Alain Vigneault doesn’t even have to think about going to Brian Elliott in net though.

As for the New York Islanders, they could reset and refigure out their game.

It will also be easy for head coach Barry Trotz to go back to Semyon Varlamov in net instead of riding with Thomas Greiss for a game.

Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauviller, and Josh Bailey could use a rest.


In the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche series, this really doesn’t benefit anyone. Both of these teams will be scoring in bunches by the time Game 4 comes on Sunday at a time to be determined.

Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and his squad and Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry, and his squad will all be ready to go in this game.

Anton Khudobin will get a valuable rest because he is playing more than he is used too. This is because of Ben Bishop‘s injury and head coach Rick Bowman will probably not play Jake Oettinger.

Pavel Francouz will be ready to go for Colorado. Philipp Grubauer will be sidelined, along with Erik Johnson for an extended period of time though.


In the Vancouver Canucks and the Vegas Golden Knights series, it will be no one getting an advantage. Both Games 1 and 2 were blowouts, so no one gets a real advantage.

The games that were supposed to be played on Thursday and Friday was Game 3 of PHI vs NYI, Game 3 of VGK vs VAN, Game 4 of TB vs BOS, and Game 4 of COL vs DAL.

The NHL just announced its schedule for this weekend. On Saturday, Game 4 of TB vs BOS noon on NBC, PHI vs NYI Game 3 on NBCSN at 7 p.m., and VGK vs VAN Game 3 on NBCSN at 9:45 p.m.

On Sunday, Game 4 of COL vs DAL 6 p.m.on NBCSN, Game 4 of PHI vs NYI 8 p.m. on NBC, and VGK vs VAN 10:30 p.m. NBCSN.

What do you think of the temporary pause and how it will affect a lot of series? Leave a comment below.

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