NHL postpones Canadiens-Oilers game after two players adhere to COVID-19 protocols

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NHL postpones Canadiens-Oilers game after two players adhere to COVID-19 protocols


Monday night’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens has been postponed, the NHL has announced.
The move comes after two Habs players signed up to the league’s COVID protocols earlier today.

The NHL statement added that the decision was made by medical groups in the league, NHLPA and both clubs, and that another update will be provided on Tuesday.

Canadiens forwards Jesper Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia were both added to the league’s COVID protocol list early Monday. Players on said list have not necessarily tested positive for the novel coronavirus and could be added for other reasons, such as contact tracing, determining that they have come into close contact with someone infected with the virus. virus.

Kotkaniemi and Armia both took part in the team’s morning practice Monday and Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks in Montreal. Late Monday, the Canadiens announced they would close their training facility on Tuesday, with players and staff due to be tested on Tuesday morning, as usual.

The Oilers currently have no players on the protocol list.

Per the league, 43 games have been postponed so far since the start of the 2020-2021 campaign, including 38 postponed due to COVID protocols (the other five due to weather issues).

Monday’s announcement marks the first time this season that the league’s COVID protocols have resulted in a postponement of a game in the Canadian Northern Division.

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