The devastating NHL lockout of 2012 finally spilled over into the regular season on Thursday, as the NHL canceled six Detroit Red Wings games through Oct. 24, as reported by MLive.com's Ansar Khan.
Still without an agreement between the two sides, the league was forced to cut a whopping 82 games in all on Thursday afternoon, hinting at the growing likelihood that more cancellations could be on the way.
Among the six Detroit games that will either be made up at a later date or scrapped altogether are two once-pivotal home games, including the team's season opener against Nashville on Oct. 12. Road dates with the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 16, against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 18 and then against the rival Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 20 were also dropped from the schedule.
Back-to-back games scheduled against Vancouver at home on Oct. 22 and then away at Columbus on Oct. 23 were also each given the axe by the league. If the NHL does indeed opt to erase out the entire month of October in the coming days, games against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 26, Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 27 and Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 30 could also be wiped out.