The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday that the postponed November 21 matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators has been rescheduled for January 23, 2006.
As the two teams had been scheduled to play in Nashville that night, the original January 23 game has been moved to March 30.
The November 21 game at Joe Louis Arena was postponed with 7:30 remaining in the first period after Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer suffered convulsions on the bench. He collapsed and had to be revived with CPR and an automated external defibrillator.
As the November game was postponed with Nashville leading, 1-0, the Predators will be credited with one goal to start the January 23 game. The full sixty minutes will be played.
“In reaching a determination as to how best to deal with this unique and extraordinary set of circumstances, our first consideration was fairness to our fans. We did not think it fair to ask them to come out again for only 47 minutes of regulation hockey,” said Colin Campbell, NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. “However, in light of the circumstances that led to the termination of play on Nov. 21, and after consultation with both teams, we also have decided that the rescheduled contest will begin with the Predators ahead, 1-0. A goal will be credited to Greg Johnson, with assists to Ryan Suter and Scottie Upshall. All other statistics will be expunged.”