The match between the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders at the UBS Arena on Wednesday was postponed by the NHL due to COVID-19 concerns.
Nine other games were postponed due to participation restrictions in cities in Canada: Pittsburgh Penguins at the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets at the Calgary Flames, each scheduled for Friday; Carolina Hurricanes in the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 3; Washington Capitals of the Montreal Canadiens on January 4; Toronto in Montreal on January 6; The Buffalo Sabers in Montreal and the Seattle Kraken in Winnipeg on January 8; and the Columbus Blue Jackets in Montreal and the Minnesota Wild in Winnipeg on January 10th.
Makeup dates for these games have not been announced.
Also, a game between the Boston Bruins and Canadiens scheduled for Montreal on January 12 will now be played in Boston that day. A makeup date for Boston to play in Montreal will be announced.
Of the 80 NHL games postponed this season, one has been settled (the Ottawa Senators defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a December 6 shootout in a game scheduled for November 16), and one has been moved (the new York Rangers will host the Islanders on March 17 in a game scheduled for November 28).
The NHL resumed play after the holiday break with three games Tuesday: the Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Vegas Golden Knights at the Los Angeles Kings, and the Arizona Coyotes at the San Jose Sharks.
The Islanders are scheduled to play the Sabers at home on Thursday. The Red Wings next play at home against the Capitals on Friday.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday agreed to allow teams to have a taxi team with a maximum of six players available to be added to the list to minimize the chance of further suspensions or teams having to play with a limited lineup.