NHL Postpones Senators-Oilers, Lightning-Devils Due To COVID-19

The NHL postponed Sunday games scheduled for Monday between the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton and the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, due to COVID-19 issues affecting Oilers and Devils.

The Senators-Oilers game has been rescheduled to Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. A makeup date for the Lightning-Devils game has yet to be determined.

There have been 103 games postponed this season due to COVID-19 issues; the game scheduled for Monday between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Bell Center has already been postponed. Six of the 103 have been reprogrammed.

“I know it’s a tough time for everyone,” Senators coach DJ Smith said on Sunday. “It’s just unfortunate for our group that played there in November, I don’t know how many guys we played without and we fought and lost a lot of games. Obviously now that we’re healthy we let’s miss all these games against teams that lose guys. So for us it’s frustrating. There are kids here who want to play hockey. We fly to Edmonton and we understand the situation. It’s hard for the League. It’s hard for everyone, but we want to play. “

The Oilers called off training on Sunday after the forwards Warren foegele and Tyler benson have been placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Six Edmonton support staff and five players entered protocol on Saturday, including forwards Kailer yamamoto and Brendan Perlini, defenders Evan bouchard and Slater koekkoek, and goalkeeper Ilya Konovalov. Center Connor mcdavid entry into the protocol on January 4.

Edmonton has not played since losing 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan.5. Home games against the New York Islanders (January 8), the Minnesota Wild (January 12), the Vegas Golden Knights (January 14) and the Chicago Blackhawks (January 18) and a road game against the Jets of Winnipeg (January 16) have been postponed. He is scheduled to host the Florida Panthers on Jan.20.

The Devils have seen six games postponed this season. Cheeky Janne Kuokkanen and defender Damon severson entered the COVID-19 protocol on Sunday, and onwards Jesper bratt and Nathan Bastien entry into the protocol on Saturday.

The Senators’ games at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday and the Jets on January 15 were postponed Friday due to attendance restrictions in Canadian cities due to COVID-19.

On Thursday, the NHL announced that the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks that night at the Honda Center in Anaheim has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues affecting the Ducks. It was postponed to Sunday (Anaheim won 4-3 in a shootout).

Three games were postponed Wednesday due to attendance restrictions in Canadian cities.

New Jersey postponed two games in Canada: in Montreal on January 15 and in Toronto on January 17.

These games will also be rescheduled later in the season when restrictions can be relaxed or lifted.

On Tuesday, the NHL postponed two games scheduled for Jan. 18 (Blue Jackets vs. Islanders; Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers) and rescheduled three involving the Islanders.

New York to Philadelphia, slated for November 30, has been postponed to January 18 (7 p.m. ET); New York to Toronto, slated for January 22, has been rescheduled for April 17 (7:30 p.m. ET); and Toronto in New York, slated for April 17, has been postponed to January 22 (7 p.m. ET).

Robert M. Larson