Big Injuries and Absences Disrupt NHL Thanksgiving Benchmark


By StepheBruce Boudreau does not believe in the NHL’s Thanksgiving rule.

Which teams occupied playoff spots on the annual U.S. holiday had long been a strong indicator of who makes and misses the post-season. Recent 82-game seasons have put cracks in that theory, and a number of high-profile injuries and COVID-19 protocol absences make it even less of a factor this year.

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