The league announced the postponement shortly before the opening faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET after Montreal forwards Joel Armia and Jesperi Kotkaniemi were placed on the league’s COVID protocol list. The league said in a statement it would provide more information on Tuesday.
Being on the list does not necessarily mean that an individual has tested positive. Players can enter protocol for unconfirmed results, if they are considered close contact of a positive case, or if quarantine is required.
There was no immediate word on a makeup date for the postponed match. Messages left for the two teams were not immediately returned.
The Oilers were looking to become the only first-place possession in the North Division in the first game of five road games.
They are tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were inactive on Monday, with 42 points. Toronto has two games underway against the Oilers.
Edmonton and Montreal will play Wednesday at the Bell Center and again on Friday.
The Oilers have won three straight games and are 18-7-0 in their last 25 games. Montreal has collected at least one point in eight of its last 10 games.
The Canadiens are five points behind Toronto with one game underway.
There have been 38 games postponed this season because of protocol. The shortened 56-game campaign kicked off on January 13.