It has been a strange few days in the sports world and the Vegas Golden Knights will find out today how much of an impact the Coronavirus will have on the rest of the season.
The National Hockey League will meet today ahead of making a decision on the immediate future of the 2019-20 regular season for the Vegas Golden Knights and the 30 other teams.
With the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, now declared a global pandemic, a slew of high-profile sporting events have been cancelled in recent days.
The most high-profile was the NBA deciding to suspend its regular season on Wednesday night after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
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With the Jazz having played a number of teams with Gobert on the court, the NBA opted to suspend action for the foreseeable.
The NCAA March Madness Tournament, which is the jewell of the sporting calendar, will be played without any fans in attendance while the MLB are also considering numerous contingency plans ahead of the start of the 2020 regular season.
Meanwhile, it was already announced on Wednesday that both the San Jose Sharks and the Columbus Blue Jackets will be playing home games without fans in attendance with a number of states now banning mass local gatherings.
And, in the wake of what happened in the NBA last night, the NHL will now decide today whether they will suspend play for the foreseeable.
It has already been announced this morning that all morning skates and team availability sessions have been cancelled as all 31 teams await a final decision.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, there is an NHL Board Call scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET today, and we should know more after that.
As for the Vegas Golden Knights, they are scheduled to take on the Minnesota Wild at 5:00 p.m. PT today in what is the fourth game of a five-game road trip.
With no morning skate, the Golden Knights will instead wait for further direction from the NHL when it comes to the immediate future.
The Golden Knights have four remaining regular season games at T-Mobile Arena, and 11 regular season contests left in total.
It makes no sense to speculate further but, with a plethora of other events worldwide having been cancelled, it is feasible to expect there to be no NHL action for a little while.
We will have more on what the NHL decides is the best course of action as and when further information becomes available.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.