It sounds like history is repeating itself, but this time in New York. The NHL postponed three of the Ottawa Senators’ games after 10 players and an associate coach entered protocol. Fans are now wondering if it is the New York Islanders’ time to see a change to their calendar.
On Tuesday, veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara entered COVID-19 protocol, becoming the latest Islanders player to land on the list, joining captain Anders Lee, forwards Josh Bailey, Kieffer Bellows, and Ross Johnston, as well as defensemen Andy Greene and Adam Pelech.
Despite the growing list, team GM Lou Lamoriello revealed that there is no decisions made to postpone upcoming games at this point after he spoke with the league Monday, so the Islanders are preparing to play.
We’ll have to see if more Islanders players get added to the list. None who tested positive have returned a negative test yet.
The start of the season is not the one the Islanders were hoping as they show a 5-8-2 record, sitting in last place in the Metropolitan Division. Their next game is set for Wednesday night as they are hosting the New York Rangers.
Unless it gets postponed… To make things worse for the Isles in the meantime, it was announced that forward Brock Nelson will be out 2-4 weeks with a lower body injury.