The NHL pushed back its return from a generally expanded occasion break an additional multi day by deferring its whole 14-game Monday plan for COVID-19 testing reasons.
The association said Friday it currently plans to continue play Tuesday in a choice that builds the absolute of deferred games to 64 this season.
Groups are as yet booked to continue rehearsing Sunday, yet will not be permitted to take the ice until players, mentors and voyaging authorities are cleared after a series of COVID-19 tests. The choice to defer the resumption of play will permit what the NHL called “a sufficient chance to break down association wide testing results and to evaluate clubs’ preparation to play.”
The NHL said it will give further updates on its re-visitation of play plans Sunday.
The move comes later the NHL opened its yearly occasion break on Wednesday, two days sooner than booked, in light of a critical leap in players arriving in the association’s COVID-19 conventions, and with 10 groups’ timetables stopped.
The unexpected rash of delayed games additionally drove the NHL to practice its entitlement to pull out from partaking in the Winter Olympics in February. The association will rather utilize its recently booked Olympic break, which runs from Feb. 6-22, to make up its deferred games to finish a 82-game season.
Toronto forward William Nylander entered the NHL’s COVID-19 conventions Friday, giving the Maple Leafs 13 players on the rundown. Maple Leafs commander John Tavares, defenseman Morgan Rielly and goaltender Jack Campbell likewise are in the conventions alongside mentor Sheldon Keefe, two partners and four different individuals from the association