NHL delays Red-Wings-Islanders game, nine others

The game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders at UBS Arena on Wednesday was deferred by the NHL because of COVID-19 worries.

Nine different games were deferred due to participation limitations in urban communities in Canada: the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, each planned for Friday; the Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 3; the Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 4; Toronto at Montreal on Jan. 6; the Buffalo Sabers at Montreal and Seattle Kraken at Winnipeg on Jan. 8; and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal and the Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg on Jan. 10.

Cosmetics dates for those games have not been reported.

Likewise, a game between the Boston Bruins and Canadiens booked at Montreal on Jan. 12 presently will be played at Boston that day. A cosmetics date for Boston to play at Montreal will be declared.

Of the 80 NHL games delayed this season, one has been made up (the Ottawa Senators crushed the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 6 in a game planned for Nov. 16), and one has been rescheduled (the New York Rangers will have the Islanders on March 17 in a game booked for Nov. 28).

The NHL continued play later the occasion break with three games Tuesday: the Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Vegas Golden Knights at the Los Angeles Kings, and the Arizona Coyotes at the San Jose Sharks.

The Islanders are next booked to play against the Sabers at home Thursday. The Red Wings next play at home against the Capitals on Friday.

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association concurred Sunday to permit groups to have a taxi crew with a limit of six players accessible to be added to the program to limit the opportunity for additional delays or groups playing with a restricted setup.

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