There is no way they can squeeze all the October games into the middle of the rest of the schedule. For each game, both teams have to be available, one of them has to be able to travel to the other arena, the arena has to be available, and back-to-back-to-backs have to be avoided (unless the owners and players are completely insane and did not pay attention to the NBA season). The NHL can either be lazy and just play what is left, yanking out a game for the teams that have more games left than others, even though it makes for an unbalanced schedule (the Kings avoid a Rangers game that other teams won't) (this will probably be what happens, because it is stupid), or the NHL can come up with a whole new balanced schedule and realign Winnipeg while they are at it (preferrably without that inane 'four conference' setup). 70 games, 4x5 (four teams times five games per team) in the division, 10x3 in the rest of the conference, 10x1 and 5x2 in the other conference. I'd prefer 4x5 / 10x2 / 15x2 but this is the NHL we are talking about. Why would I want to see Pittsburgh every year when I can see Dallas a third time?