The dangers of a condensed schedule 

October, 4, 2012

Jordan EberleThearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesWith Jordan Eberle and other young skaters, the Oilers could endure a condensed schedule.
The wording was vague enough to leave a sliver of hope. The NHL announced the cancellation of regular-season games this season through Oct. 24, stating that a total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled during that time period.

The league didn't say they were permanently wiped out, just that they were on the schedule.