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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 10: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins looks for a shot against Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals during the first period at TD Garden on January 10, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

What does a COVID outbreak for the Dallas Stars have to do with the Bruins and Capitals? Well, the Stars’ regular season opener has been pushed all the way back to Jan. 22. So on the already-condensed NHL schedule, there’s been a ripple effect.

The league announced on Friday that 12 games have been rescheduled to accommodate the Stars after their COVID outbreak, which affected at least 17 players. As a result, the Bruins and Capitals’ game originally scheduled for April 11 has actually been moved up a day to April 10. The game will still take place at 7 p.m. ET.

Here’s the rest of the list of rescheduled games, per the NHL:

— Dallas at Florida, originally scheduled for Jan. 14, is now scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET

— Dallas at Florida, originally scheduled for Jan. 15, is now scheduled for Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. ET

— Dallas at Tampa Bay, originally scheduled for Jan. 17, is now scheduled for Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET

— Dallas at Tampa Bay, originally scheduled for Jan. 19, is now scheduled for Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. ET

— Florida at Detroit, originally scheduled for Feb. 21, is now scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. ET

The Bruins and Capitals had to have a game rescheduled because of the Stars' COVID outbreak. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY)

The Bruins and Capitals had to have a game rescheduled because of the Stars’ COVID outbreak. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY)

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— Dallas at Florida, originally scheduled for Feb. 23, is now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. ET

— Buffalo at Pittsburgh, originally scheduled for March 27, is now scheduled for Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET

— Pittsburgh at Buffalo, originally scheduled for April 20, is now scheduled for Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m. ET

— Florida at Tampa Bay, originally scheduled for May 4, is now scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. ET

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So far, the NHL’s schedule changes have only affected one Bruins game, thankfully. But we’re already seeing the strain that one COVID problem can have on every other team. The hope is that no one ends up like Dallas and can manage their way through a positive COVID test here and there. If there’s another full-on outbreak, we’ll continue to see sweeping changes like this.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.