Last negotiations: Nov. 11 in New York.
Next negotiations: to be determined.
Games lost: 327 (all games through Nov. 30, plus New Year’s Day Winter Classic).
Lost cause?: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly painted a pessimistic picture Thursday as the lockout drags on. With no negotiations scheduled, and overall communication shutting down, too, the NHL appears to be getting close to calling off more games, putting the entire season in jeopardy. ‘‘I hope not, but I’m more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process,’’ Daly said. For the second straight day, the NHL and the players’ association weren’t even in contact by phone. More cancellations could be on tap within a week if a deal isn’t reached.
Good cause: Rangers center Brad Richards has organized a benefit skate to help in the relief efforts on Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. Richards has partnered with a high school team to organize ‘‘Skating for Sandy.’’ Defensemen Steve Eminger, Dan Girardi, and Marc Staal will join forwards Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, and Richards at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion on Friday. Response from the Staten Island community has been good. The event will, in fact, feature two afternoon sessions, at 3:30 and 4:40. ‘‘We are going to keep this one for just the kids,’’ said Richards.