NHL postpones seven more games
With the COVID situations in Buffalo, New Jersey and Minnesota still not contained, the NHL has postponed several more games. Two additional Sabres games (Feb. 11 and Feb. 13 vs. WSH), three additional Devils games (Feb. 11, Feb. 13 vs PHI; Feb. 15 vs BOS), and two additional Wild games (Feb. 11 vs STL; Feb. 13 vs LAK) have been postponed. The decision on when each team will resume practicing and playing is still to come in the next few days.
The Sabres added Rasmus Dahlin to the COVID Protocol Related Absences list late Sunday night, giving them nine players (plus their head coach) ruled out. John Vogl of The Athletic also reports that two linesmen who worked games between the Devils and Sabres at the end of last month have also entered the league’s protocol. In all, Vogl notes, 24 of the players who skated in those two games—Jan. 30 and 31—have ended up on the CPRA list.
In Minnesota, GM Bill Guerin
told Michael Russo of The Athletic that several other players are expected to hit the CPRA list in the coming days as the virus continues “creeping its way through the team.” One of the Minnesota players told Russo that “he feels like he has been hit by a bus and his symptoms have run the gamut.”
As of Sunday, the Devils had 16 players in the COVID protocol. They have not played since that Jan. 31 game against the Sabres and will now be off through at least next Monday. New Jersey’s nine games played is tied for the fewest in the league.