The count is now 80. The league has postponed another match this week, this time between the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The Islanders continue to place new players in the COVID protocol–Brock Nelson went in today.
There have also been nine games postponed due to attendance restrictions in Canadian markets. The following will be rescheduled for later this season:
- Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, December 31
- Winnipeg @ Calgary, December 31
- Carolina @ Toronto, January 3
- Washington @ Montreal, January 4
- Toronto @ Montreal, January 6
- Buffalo @ Montreal, January 8
- Seattle @ Winnipeg, January 8
- Columbus @ Montreal, January 10
- Minnesota @ Winnipeg, January 10
The game between Bruins and Canadiens originally scheduled in Montreal on January 12 will now be played in Boston. A make-up date for the Bruins-Canadiens game that needs to be played in Montreal will be announced at a later date.
The Islanders are expected to get two players out of the protocol tomorrow but still will have Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier, Cal Clutterbuck, Zach Parise, and Oliver Wahlstrom unavailable tomorrow. The Red Wings, meanwhile, added Lucas Raymond and Nick Leddy on Sunday and have several other players still in the protocol.
For the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets, in particular, moving home dates to later this season would give them a chance to collect some if not all of the expected revenue. With the players still owing a huge amount of escrow debt to the owners, keeping hockey-related revenues as high as possible is important if the league is to rebound to the high levels commissioner Gary Bettman explained earlier this month.