Canada

Maple Leafs get new schedule from NHL

Will now take on Canucks on Sunday and Tuesday

The Toronto Maple Leafs will play Vancouver on Sunday and Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs found out their revised schedule Friday afternoon, which creates an even busier window as the NHL scrambles to re-stage postponed games for the Vancouver Canucks after the club’s COVI9-19 shutdown.

The Leafs flew to Vancouver Friday, knowing they’d have to wait an extra day to face the Canucks, with Saturday’s match moved to Sunday at 8 p.m. The Canucks only re-opened their training facility a couple of days ago after the virus affected most players and staff and halted games for three weeks.

A planned re-start for the Canucks Friday against Edmonton was also cancelled out of concern the team would not be healthy or properly conditioned enough to return against the Oilers, on top of two against the Leafs in 72 hours. The Leafs will play Vancouver Tuesday, that game also pushed back a day.

The second part of Toronto’s road trip is also affected. They’ll now face the Jets Thursday instead of Wednesday and while next Saturday’s Hockey Night In Canada tilt stays put, Friday’s first half of the planned back-to-back is kicked all the way to May 14, now the last on Toronto’s 56-game schedule.

Thirteen North Division games in all have been altered, taking the end of the regular season to May 19.

New games and start times for Leafs, all EST:

Toronto at Vancouver from April 17, now April 18 @ 7pm

Toronto at Vancouver from April 19, now April 20 @ 9pm

Toronto at Winnipeg from April 21, now April 22 @ 7pm

Toronto at Winnipeg from April 23, now May 14 @ 8pm

Toronto at Ottawa May 12, now a 8 pm start.

lhornby@postmedia.com

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