Two extra groups have been shut down within the NHL as Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens will be put on pause by way of the vacation break. The Blue Jackets canceled Monday’s morning skate whereas ready for COVID outcomes and didn’t truly even journey to Buffalo, the place they had been alleged to play Monday night. The groups had been set to play a rematch in Columbus on Thursday, however that sport has additionally been postponed. The Blue Jackets have subsequently placed
Eric Robinson, Andrew Peeke and Joonas Korpisalo within the COVID protocol.
The Canadiens truly didn’t have any video games scheduled as that they had already been postponed, however can even pause group actions.
More than 40 video games have now been postponed by way of the early a part of the season, lots of these coming over the previous couple of days because the NHL offers with an enormous COVID-19 outbreak. Several groups have been shut down utterly by way of the Christmas break and all video games that required cross-border journey have additionally been postponed.
While there may be hope that issues can get again to regular within the coming weeks, confidence from the NHL and NHLPA that the season will proceed, and a few groups nonetheless probably not affected by the outbreak, it’s definitely not an ideal state of affairs for the NHL schedule maker. Remember, even when the league doesn’t go to the Olympics, deputy commissioner Bill Daly stated throughout a media availability earlier this month that it could be tough to make use of that three-week break for a lot of rescheduled video games. Buildings have already booked occasions for a lot of of these dates, although there’ll doubtless be some alternatives to make up a few of these missed video games.