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Report: Teams prepping for cancellation of regular-season games this week

Oct 1, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

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Having already lost the entire exhibition season, NHL teams are now preparing to miss regular-season games.

That’s the word from CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, who reports several clubs have started planning on the assumption a cancellation announcement would happen this week.

According to Friedman, it’s expected canceled regular season games will occur in two week “blocks” — based on that assumption, the first slate of erased games would run from Thursday, Oct. 11 (opening night) to Thursday, Oct. 25.

If the league does start cancelling regular-season games, more and more discussions will reference the work stoppage of 1994-95.

That year saw an abbreviated 48-game schedule that began on Jan. 20 and ran to May 3…after 468 games were lost to the lockout.

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