The NHL postponed Monday night’s game in Montreal between the Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers, making it the first contest in the all-Canadian North Division to be shut down due to COVID-19 concerns.
After first, fans thought the game would take place tonight, however, it was confirmed that the postponed contest could not take place on Tuesday night.
Now according to TSN insider Pierre LeBrun, the game scheduled on Wednesday night between the Oilers and Habs could be in jeopardy as well. LeBrun notes that “as for Wednesday’s game, hearing that is subject to a meeting of the medical consultants after today’s test results are received. But as of now, that game is on. Let’s see what the day brings.”
Monday’s postponement was announced shortly before the scheduled 7 p.m. ET opening face-off after Montreal forwards Joel Armia and Jesperi Kotkaniemi were placed on the league’s COVID protocol list. Tuesday’s practice has been cancelled, adding that the team will report to its practice facility for regular COVID testing, while the Bell Sports Complex will be closed for “precautionary measures.”
There have been 38 games postponed this season because of protocol. The shortened 56-game campaign began Jan. 13. However, this is the first major hurdles the All-Canadian North division is facing this season.