still no progress reported between the NHL and its Players' Association but the two sides are talking. Negotiators met for a second straight day with mediators on Thursday.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly states the two sides are far apart and that the mediation process was unsuccessful. The league has already cancelled 422 total regular season games, the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and the All-Star Weekend because of the lockout, which began in mid-September.
In minor league hockey, in the ECHL, the Kalamazoo Wings are on the road this weekend with games tonight atToledoand tomorrow night atEvansville.
In college hockey, tonight and tomorrow night, Western Michigan is at home against Northern Michigan, Michigan State hosts Ohio State and Michigan is at Ferris State.