The NHL announced this afternoon that three more Devils games have been postponed in addition to two Buffalo Sabres games and two Minnesota Wild games.
These teams have been seeing more players placed into COVID-19 protocol than other teams in the league.
According to a news release put out by the NHL, “a decision on when the three teams can resume practice an game play will be made by the medical groups of the NHL, NHL Players’ Association and each team in the coming days.”
The Devils games versus the Flyers on February 11 and 13 and the Bruins on February 15 have been postponed. New Jersey was supposed to resume play on the 11th. Three previous games had been postponed through February 6.
The Devils currently have Nate Bastian, Jesper Bratt, Nikita Gusev, Jack Hughes, Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, Kyle Palmieri, Yegor Sharangovich, Pavel Zacha, Travis Zajac, Dmitry Kulikov, Damon Severson, Ty Smith, Matt Tennyson and Eric Comrie in protocol. The team’s practice and team facilities have been shut down since the first of this month.
The press release notes that neither the Devils nor the Sabres have played since January 31, a 5-3 Devils win. Buffalo’s facilities have been shut down since February 2.
The presser also notes that the NHL has had to postpone 31 games during the current season. Two Dallas Stars games were postponed before the season began.