The NHL canceled games through Dec. 30 on Monday, meaning nearly 43 percent of the season has been wiped out by the labor war with the players.
The NHL and the players’ union are expected to meet later this week, trying to end a labor dispute that started in mid-September.
The dispute is conjuring memories of the 1994-95 season, which didn’t have a collective bargaining agreement in place until Jan. 11. A 48-game regular season started Jan. 20 and ended May 3.
Monday is the 86th day of the lockout. Despite a breakdown in negotiations Thursday, the sides appear close on several key issues _ closer, in fact, than at any point in the work stoppage.