Seats in NHL arenas could stay empty the entire season. ©2012, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

NHL cancels games through Jan. 14

BUFFALO – Seven more Sabres contests were erased with the NHL’s sixth round of game cancellations today. With all games through Jan. 14 canceled, 42 Sabres tilts – 51.2 percent of their 82-game schedule – have been axed 96 days into the lockout.

The league has now canceled 625 games, a shocking 50.8 percent of the season.

Sadly, the next set of cancellations could be the biggest – the rest of the season.

While no drop-dead date has been set, mid-January would probably be the latest the NHL could start a 48-game schedule.

The league’s 48-game slate following the 1994-95 lockout began Jan. 20, nine days after the stoppage ended, and stretched to May 3 with a schedule featuring only conference opponents.

The NHL had last canceled games Dec. 10.

Sabres games canceled today:

Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa

Jan. 3 vs. Florida

Jan. 5 vs. Tampa Bay

Jan. 8 at New York Rangers

Jan. 9 vs. Boston

Jan. 11 at Ottawa

Jan. 13 at Chicago

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