Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League canceled its two-game series at Barclays Center on Brooklyn on Friday, potentially robbing Washington Capitals fans of a chance to see Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom there in late January.
The KHL had scheduled two games in Brooklyn between Ovechkin and Backstrom’s Dynamo Moscow club and Ilya Kovalchuk’s SKA St. Petersburg Jan. 19 and 20. The games will now be played Jan. 20 and 21 in Russia.
“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,” the league said in a statement, as reported by RIA Novosti.
The cancellation came two days after the NHL’s New York Islanders announced they’d be moving to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2015. But according to multiple reports, the KHL’s change of plans was brewing before that move.