Two more NHL games have been delayed due to coronavirus-related reasons. This makes it five games so far this season.
After additional players entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol Saturday, the New York Islanders games at the Rangers on Sunday and Tuesday were postponed. The team could have had eight players.
According to the league’s explanation, additional spread could have caused the Islanders’ Tuesday games to be canceled. The team said that Anders Lee, Ross Johnston and Kieffer bellows, as well as defencemen Zdenochara, Adam Pelech, and Andy Greene, were in protocol. Josh Bailey recently resumed skating after being admitted to hospital.
The Red Wings in Detroit, Dec. 4, is the earliest that the Islanders can return to action.
Lou Lamoriello, the general manager, said Wednesday that none the positive players for the virus had tested positive enough to be cleared to return. The Islanders were defeated 1-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
Barry Trotz, the head coach, stated that they were “kind of piecemealizing it” after the loss. “The young men who have come in are doing their best. … They’re doing the job that they can. Everyone is trying, right now.
Since the resuming of play, Senators are winless
Three Ottawa Senators games were postponed by the NHL in November due to a virus outbreak. One of the games at the New Jersey Devils was rescheduled for Dec. 6.
Since the resuming of play, Ottawa has gone 0-3-0. Matt Murray was put on waivers Saturday. Murray was activated from the COVID-19 roster on Wednesday and allowed four goals on 27 shots. This was his first start since that time.
The NHL and the NHL Players Association agreed to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. However, they also added the caveat of possible withdrawals if pandemic conditions were present.
To trigger the NHL/NHLPA withdrawal in the event of a major disruption to the season, it would take significant amounts of postponements.
The league and its players have until January 10th to withdraw without any financial penalties. Canada has named Claude Julien the coach of two international tournaments this December as part a plan B in the event that the NHL is unable to participate in the Olympics.