PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tuesday morning the National Hockey League announced it would continue to keep the 2019-20 season on hold, extending the postponement through Thursday, April 30 amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.
The initial suspension stopped NHL play March 12 with a plan to restart play on Wednesday, April 15.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 14, 2020
Now, as new coronavirus cases are still being announced daily and new information through discussions with medical field experts closely monitoring the situation, the NHL has made the decision to not start play again until at least April 30.
Makes sense. Good call. Hate to return to soon and have increase in cases https://t.co/TBAfV0CAaq
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) April 14, 2020
When play was halted the Penguins had completed 69 games, with 13 remaining in the regular season. They sit third in the Metropolitan division standings with 86 points, four behind the division leading Washington Capitals.
A variety of plans for the NHL to resume its season continues to be discussed. Scenarios include continuing the regular season or skipping to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
No decisions have been made as people around the nation work to “flatten the curve’ and bring an end to the spread Coronavirus.
As play continues on hold, the Penguins and AT&T Sportsnet are playing back older baseball and hockey games. On Wednesday, the network will air Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m.