The start date for the Stanley Cup Playoffs is unknown after the end of the NHL regular season was extended to May 16 on Saturday.

The extension was necessary to accommodate rescheduled games for the Vancouver Canucks, who had eight games postponed after a COVID-19 outbreak within the team.

Games in the Scotia North Division, made up of the seven Canada-based teams, will now end May 16. Each team is scheduled to complete its 56-game schedule.

The NHL regular season originally was to end May 8. The playoffs originally were scheduled to begin May 11.