As of Jan 11, there were 126 positive PCR tests in the League’s teams, 97 of them regarding players. Five clubs (Avtomobilist, Salavat Yulaev, CSKA, Dinamo Riga, and Torpedo) tested positive and their games were postponed. In January 2022, 14 matches were cancelled (note: as of 14:00 MSK on Jan 11, 2022), of which one was rescheduled for a new date.
The KHL worked on several options to end the regular season: reducing the number of games, and holding play-in for teams with a chance of making the playoffs. With an uneven number of games played and a different calendar of teams for the season, such decisions would violate the sport principle; the League decided to abandon these options and opt for a full completion of the regular season.
The KHL suggested to the clubs to change the playoff schedule by freeing up days for cancelled regular-season games. At the same time, the League agreed with the FHR on the possibility of holding matches during the Olympics break, if the clubs mutually wish to do so. In the event that most of the games will be played during the Olympic break, the KHL will consider maintaining a full playoff.
The remaining regular league games before the break will be played only if the epidemiological situation of the clubs is stable and there are no mass outbreaks.
The majority of the League’s clubs supported the proposal of the League. The final decision and calendar of canceled games will be approved after Jan 23, when the Olympic break begins in the KHL championship.