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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

NHL's November schedule about to be axed


                              With talks on a new collective bargaining agreement at an impasse, the NHL this afternoon is expected to officially lop off another huge chunk of its regular season schedule, cancelling games from Nov. 2 through Nov. 30, a total of 191 games.

                              That brings the number to 326 of out a possible 1,230, or 26.5 percent of the season.

                              Although some games could be restored if a deal is reached in the next few weeks, at this point, 21 Rangers games are off the schedule, and 22 Islanders games. A 60-game, or more, season is still possible.

                               The announcement is coming on the 41stday of the lockout; the sides have not met face-to-face for more than a week.

                              Neither Winter Classic, scheduled for Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 1 between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, or the All-Star Game in Columbus in January, have been axed---yet.

                                But Commissioner Gary Bettman has said that a decision on the lucrative and popular showcase, which was staged in Philadelphia last season between the Rangers and Flyers, would have to be made very soon given the advance preparations necessary.




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