With the Boston Bruins poised to play every second day between now and the end of the NHL regular season, the only way to accommodate the game postponed by the sickening events in Boston Monday was to tack on an extra day to the regular season.
The Ottawa Senators and Bruins will now meet April 28 to close out the schedule.
With the Bruins fighting for the Northeast Division title and the Senators trying to solidfy a playoff spot, Game 624 figures to have implications.
But what if the Bruins and the Senators won't be able to move in the standings? It's quite possible, though unlikely, the Bruins and the Senators could be locked in their playoff spots and the game won't have any impact on the standings.
With the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers having already clinched playoff spots and been locked in their seedings, the NBA cancelled the game the teams were to have played in Boston Tuesday night. It will not be rescheduled.
Would the NHL have considered cancelling the Bruins-Senators game in those circumstances?
That possibility wasn't on the NHL radar.
"No, I don't believe so," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an email to QMI Agency.
With the playoffs still poised to start two nights later, you can bet the fact the Bruins and the Senators have to extend the season by a day will be taken into account when their playoff schedules are drawn up.
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