NHL LOCKOUT AT A GLANCE
DATE: Thursday, Dec. 27.
LAST NEGOTIATIONS: In-person talks Dec. 13 in New Jersey. Bargaining conference call Dec. 14.
NEXT NEGOTIATIONS: None scheduled.
GAMES LOST: 625 (all games through Jan. 14, including New Year's Day Winter Classic, and All-Star weekend).
STILL QUIET: After some communication during the holiday period, the NHL and the players' association still haven't made any new plans to meet and resume negotiations. The belief is if a deal isn't struck within the next few weeks, the entire hockey season could be lost for the second time in eight years.
WHAT WE MISSED: A nine-game slate was canceled Thursday, including an always-attractive matchup between perennial powerhouses — the Detroit Red Wings from the Western Conference visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins of the Eastern Conference. Since 1997, the teams have combined for five Stanley Cup titles — four by the Red Wings. Pittsburgh's lone championship in that span was earned in 2009 with a seven-game victory over Detroit.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Johnny Wilson, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, died. He was 82. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson announced his uncle's death on Twitter — calling him a "warrior thru & thru, right to the end." Johnny Wilson spent 11 years in the NHL with Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and the New York Rangers. He had 161 goals and 171 assists in 688 games. He then coached seven seasons in the league with Los Angeles, Detroit, Colorado and Pittsburgh.