If all had gone as planned, the NHL would have been heading into the final week of its season with all seven Canadian teams in action on Hockey Night in Canada on the final Saturday night.

The National Hockey League shouldn’t rush to judgement on the rest of its regular season.

Instead, the best bet for commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the league’s 31 owners is to play the waiting game before deciding what the next step will be. The league and all other major sports are on pause because of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

If all had gone as planned, the NHL would have been heading into the final week of its season with all seven Canadian teams in action on Hockey Night in Canada on the final Saturday night — including rivalry matchups between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers against the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta.

In addition, the Winnipeg Jets were to be on the road against the Arizona Coyotes, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins were to finish the season versus the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre and the Vancouver Canucks were to host the Vegas Golden Knights in what could have been a pivotal game for Western Conference playoff spots.