NHL COVID news: Attendance restrictions lead to more postponed games

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The NHL returned to action on Tuesday night with three games on the schedule after taking a break over the past week through the holiday weekend. Even with that return there were still most postponements announced over the new couple of weeks, and not only of them are due to COVID issues within teams.

Attendance restrictions in Canada lead to nine postponed games

Because of attendance restrictions in Canada, particularly in Winnipeg, Montreal, and Ottawa, the NHL announced on Tuesday that nine additional games have been postponed through early January.

That list of games includes….

Friday, Dec. 31

Pittsburgh @ Ottawa
Winnipeg @ Calgary

Monday, Jan. 3

Carolina @ Toronto

Tuesday, Jan. 4

Washington @ Montreal

Thursday, Jan. 6

Toronto @ Montreal

Saturday, Jan. 8

Buffalo @ Montreal
Seattle @ Winnipeg

Monday, Jan. 10

Columbus @ Montreal
Minnesota @ Winnipeg

As with all other postponements, makeup dates for these games have yet to be announced.

In addition to those postponements, the January 12, 2022 game in Montreal between the Canadiens and Boston Bruins has been relocated to Boston. A makeup home game in Montreal between the two teams will be rescheduled at a later date.

Wednesday’s Red Wings-Islanders game also postponed

Along with those postponements, Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders has also been postponed due to COVID related issues for both teams. The Islanders announced on Tuesday that forward Brock Nelson has entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol.

That postponement, combined with the other nine postponements announced on Tuesday due to attendance restrictions, brings the list of postponed games this season to more than 80 games.

Makeup games have yet to be annoounced.

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