NHL cancels rest of its preseason schedule

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The National Hockey League announced that the rest of its preseason schedule has been canceled due to the ongoing work stoppage.

The league had previously canceled 60 games through Sept. 30. It has now wiped out the rest of the slate. Next up will be regular season games, which are set to begin Oct. 11. The Capitals will now also miss preseason games at Columbus (Oct. 1) and Boston (Oct. 3) and at home against Nashville (Oct. 5) and Oct. 7 (Detroit). Washington had previously lost three preseason games, including the second-annual Baltimore Hockey Classic at 1st Mariner Arena.

The NHL’s owners and the NHL Players’ Association are expected to meet in New York for more collective bargaining agreement talks on Friday. It will be the first held since owners imposed a lockout upon the expiration of the old CBA on Sept. 15. So far three Caps players – Alex Ovechkin (Russia), Michal Neuvirth (Czech Republic) and Brooks Laich (Switzerland) – have gone to Europe to play until the lockout is over. The Caps’ first regular season game is scheduled for Oct. 12 at Verizon Center against the New Jersey Devils.

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