The KHL has canceled two regular-season January games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, initially set to be held following numerous fans requests.
Back in in June, the league announced plans to play two regular-season games between Gagarin Cup holders Dynamo Moscow and the big-spending SKA St. Petersburg in Brooklyn on January 19 and 20.
But on Friday, the KHL altered its decision, saying that the ongoing NHL lockout made it difficult to host the games.
“Meeting the wishes of thousands of Russian hockey fans, considering the interests of the teams Dynamo Moscow and SKA and due to the lack of certainty with the NHL lockout length, the KHL decided to change the dates of games between the teams scheduled for January 19 and 20,” the league announced on its website.
The revised schedule now says that Dynamo will travel to St. Petersburg on January 20 and host SKA in Moscow two days later.
Both teams have signed NHL stars during the lockout, with Dynamo picking up the Washington Capitals duo of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, while SKA lured Ilya Kovalchuk, Vladimir Tarasenko and Sergey Bobrovsky to their squad.
Dynamo currently tops the KHL's Western Conference, with 15 wins out of 20 games, while SKA trails in third place by two games.