The NHL announced this afternoon that seven more NHL games have been postponed due to teams in COVID-related shutdowns. This included the two Capitals-Sabres games scheduled for Thursday and Saturday of this week. Buffalo currently has nine players on the NHL’s COVID protocol list, and head coach Ralph Krueger has also tested positive for coronavirus.
The official statement from the league reads:
NEW YORK (Feb. 8, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that two additional Buffalo Sabres games (Feb. 11 and Feb. 13 vs. Washington); three more New Jersey Devils contests (Feb. 11 and Feb. 13 vs. Philadelphia and Feb. 15 vs. Boston) and two additional Minnesota Wild games (Feb. 11 vs. St. Louis and Feb. 13 vs. Los Angeles) have been postponed as a result of the NHL’s COVID Protocols. A decision on the three teams’ resumption of practice and game play will be made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Clubs’ medical groups in the coming days.
All three organizations have, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of their Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.
This brings the total of games postponed this season to 33, just 26 days after Opening Night.
Unless rescheduled games are shuffled around, the Capitals will be inactive between Tuesday’s game against the Flyers and Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.