Two additional Buffalo Sabres games, three more New Jersey Devils games and two more Minnesota Wild games were postponed Monday due to NHL COVID-19 protocol.
A decision on when the three teams can resume practice and game play will be made by the medical groups of the NHL, NHL Players’ Association and each team in the coming days.
The Sabres games against the Washington Capitals, scheduled for Feb. 11 and Feb. 13, were postponed because of COVID-19 issues with Buffalo, which previously had four games postponed through Feb. 8. Sabres facilities have been closed since Feb 2.
Sabres forwards Dylan Cozens, Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar, Casey Mittelstadt and Tobias Rieder, and defensemen Rasmus Dahlin, Jake McCabe, Brandon Montour and Rasmus Ristolainen, are in protocol with coach Ralph Krueger, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 4.
Devils games against the Philadelphia Flyers (Feb. 11 and Feb. 13) and Boston Bruins (Feb. 15) were postponed because of COVID-19 issues with New Jersey, which previously had three games postponed through Feb. 6. Devils facilities have been closed since Feb. 1.
New Jersey forward Nico Hischier and defensemen Connor Carrick and Sami Vatanen were added to protocol Monday. Forwards Nate Bastian, Jesper Bratt, Nikita Gusev, Jack Hughes, Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, Kyle Palmieri, Yegor Sharangovich, Pavel Zacha and Travis Zajac, defensemen Dmitry Kulikov, Damon Severson, Ty Smith and Matt Tennyson, and goalie Eric Comrie remained in protocol.
The Sabres and Devils each have not played since a 5-3 win by New Jersey in Buffalo on Jan. 31.
Wild games against the St. Louis Blues (Feb. 11) and Los Angeles Kings (Feb. 13) were postponed. Minnesota previously had four games postponed through Tuesday and facilities have remained closed since Feb. 3, one day after a 2-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche.
Minnesota forward Victor Rask and defenseman Carson Soucy were added to protocl Monday. Forwards Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno, Marcus Johansson and Nico Sturm, and defensemen Ian Cole, Brad Hunt and Jared Spurgeon, remained in protocol.
Wild general manager Bill Guerin also said one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.
The NHL has postponed 31 games during the 2020-21 season. Two were postponed prior to its start.