NHL Holiday break starts tomorrow
NHL PR: The NHL and NHLPA agreed to postpone five games on Thursday. All games on Wednesday had already been postponed.
“Under the revised schedule, Dec. 22, Dec. 23, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) shall be off days for all purposes — including travel.
Players will report back to their Clubs on Dec. 26, which shall be used for testing, practice and/or travel only. Upon return from the Holiday Break to team facilities, no individual in the team’s Traveling Party shall enter the facility (other than for testing purposes) until they have a negative test result. Any practice scheduled for Dec. 26 must begin after 2:00 p.m. local time.
The League’s regular-season schedule will resume on Monday, Dec. 27.”
Elliotte Friedman: Teams and players were sent a memo that included: “Upon return from the holiday break to team facilities, no individual in the team’s traveling party shall enter (other than for testing purposes) until they have a negative test result.”
Emily Kaplan: There are two games scheduled for tonight: Capitals and Flyers, and the Lightning and Golden Knights.
Sam Kasan: New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald yesterday: “I sent the NHL an email this AM on behalf of the organization with concerns, not the COVID people but everybody else. The wellness of our team. When you lose the players we lost to COVID other players are playing beyond what they had and we’re stretching them out”
Olympic break to be used to make up games
Andy Strickland: Sources are saying that the scheduled Olympic break will now be used to attempt to make the games that have been postponed.
In and out of COVID protocol
Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets have placed Eric Robinson, Andrew Peeke and Joonas Korpisalo in COVID protocol.
Charlie O’Connor: Philadelphia Flyers Kevin Hayes have added to the COVID protocol list.
Seattle Kraken PR: Defenseman Adam Larsson was placed in COVID protocol.
- Samantha Pell: Sgarbossa had a false positive test on Sunday night.
Frank Seravalli: As of yesterday at 1:00 pm ET.
119 players reported in active protocol (16.1% of rosters)
23 teams w/ at least 1 player in protocol
5 head coaches in protocol
42 games postponed (37 in last 7 days)
9 teams w/ facilities closed
19 teams w/ no games scheduled til Dec. 27