NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL has postponed Saturday’s game between Boston and Montreal amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the league.
The league said a makeup date for the game has not been finalized. The Canadians play again Monday against the New York Islanders. There was no league news from the Bruins’ game on Sunday in Ottawa.
The Canadians beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Thursday night in a nearly empty Bell Center due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Quebec public health officials called on Canadians earlier today to play without supporters in their arena to help slow the spread of the virus.
The Bruins were deprived of seven players due to COVID-19 protocol – including stars Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron – for Thursday night’s 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders. They played a man down with 11 attackers and six defenders.
Boston coach Bruce Cassidy, who tested positive on Nov. 30, just joined the team on Monday.
The increase in COVID-19 cases around the NHL could affect the league’s plans to allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics in China in February.
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