Could've been worse.
The NHL, based on its track record, could've axed two weeks, as it had in the past. That would have absolutely terminated any chance for an 82-game season and tossed a grenade into the nascent negotiations.
So this is kind of a non-surprise, just-the-paperwork announcement. The games---53 tagged on to the original 82 that were smoked in the last cut---wouldn't have been played even if there is a deal on the CBA by the 25th or 26th: That time was projected as the start of training camps.
In order to save an 82-game season---condensed though it would be---the pressure is still on. But unless the sides start talking again very soon, there won't be a lot of time to wrangle a deal before the 25th/26th deadline clock tolls.
Anyway, the Rangers lose the Nov. 1 scheduled home opener officially, and three more road games. Isles lose three more games, and each team is down nine games. There's more deets on newsday.com
Away we go....