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Bruins, Predators shut down; three more NHL games postponed

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: A goal sits on the empty ice prior to the Detroit Red Wings playing against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on March 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Yesterday, the NBA suspended their season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The NHL said per a release, that the uncertainty regarding next steps regarding the coronavirus, Clubs were advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings today. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Rising COVID-19 cases throughout the league has caused the NHL to shut down the Bruins and Predators through next week’s holiday break. Also, Saturday’s Canucks-Maple Leafs game and Sunday’s games between the Canucks and Coyotes and Kraken and Maple Leafs have been postponed.

This all comes a day after the league sidelined the Avalanche, Flames, and Panthers through the holiday break and postponed Saturday’s Bruins-Canadiens game with at least six Bruins players and a staffer on the NHL’s COVID-19 list.

From the NHL:

The Bruins, Predators, Maple Leafs and Canucks organizations have followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of their Players, staff and communities at large as set by the NHL, local, state/provincial and federal agencies.

Postponed games for Bruins, Predators

Bruins: Dec. 18 at Montreal; Dec. 19 at Ottawa; Dec. 21 vs. Carolina; Dec. 23 vs. Colorado.
Predators: Dec. 19 at Carolina; Dec. 21 vs. Winnipeg; Dec. 23 at Florida.

Even more players entered NHL COVID-19 protocol on Saturday, including P.K. Subban, Alex Nedeljkovic, Oskar Sundqvist, and Tyler Myers. Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill and assistant Alex Tanguay also entered protocol.

The NHL also finally announced its enhanced protocols for teams to stem the rising tide of cases. Those measures include daily testing (no longer every third day); masks worn inside team facilities; limited interactions away from home, hotels, and rinks; and meetings to be held virtually.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.