NHL’s Bruins and Predators shut down through the holiday due to Covid outbreaks
Boston Bruins Centre Charlie Coyle (13), passes the puck, while Pittsburgh Penguins Right Wing Zach Aston–Reese (12), defends in the third period of the NHL match between the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Boston Bruins. The game took place at PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA.
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According to Saturday’s National Hockey League announcement, all games between Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins will be canceled until December 26th due to Covid-19.
Because of an increasing number of positive cases, the Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, and Calgary Flames had been shut down by the league since at least April.
A number of Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs players have entered Covid-19 protocols during the past two-days. The league has announced it will postpone the Toronto-Vancouver and Sunday’s Arizona Coyotes Canucks and Maple Leafs – Seattle Kraken games.
According to the league, it is currently reviewing its schedule and revising it for regular season.
Further, the NHL is unable to plan to send its top players to Beijing for the February 4-20 Olympics because of disruptions in the schedule.
NHL offered to take a short break from its regular schedule in order to let players compete in Beijing. It also agreed that it would withdraw if there were too many Covid-19 interruptions during games.
The NHL can withdraw without penalty from the Beijing Olympics until January 10, 2010.