The Calgary Flames have had a player test positive for coronavirus, resulting in the cancelation of today’s morning skate. The Flames are set to take on the Montreal Canadiens this evening and the game is still currently scheduled as planned. The rest of the team and staff have tested negative and the player in question has been placed in isolation.
As we approach the end of the season, a COVID outbreak could spell immense trouble for the NHL. There aren’t many days left to reschedule games into without pushing the start of the playoffs back. In the North Division, the Flames already have four games in a row scheduled against the Vancouver Canucks, meaning their schedule doesn’t end until May 19. That’s more than a week after the season was originally supposed to end.
Hopefully, the Flames are able to contain the spread of the virus and will not have to postpone any games. Even if they are able to play today, whoever did test positive will not be available. The identity of the player will not be released until the COVID Protocol Related Absences list comes out.