There have been more problems regarding to COVID-19 pandemic occurring in the NHL over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, more are to be expected. With these problems include some game cancellations, including the Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes matchup. This game was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, but due to some Hurricanes players being added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, the game has been postponed until a later date.
In addition to this news, the next two games for the Hurricanes have also been postponed due to COVID-19 cases affecting the team. One of the games include their home opener tonight (Jan. 21). Five players were added to the COVID-19 list, prompting the last few games to be postponed.
More COVID-19 Problems in the NHL
Likewise, there are other COVID-19 related issues popping up in the NHL. This includes the Washington Capitals, who have been fined $100,000 for breaking COVID-19 protocols. Consequently, the team will lose key players; Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov and Dmitry Orlov. Each player violated the NHL’s COVID-19 guidelines.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, a handful of other teams have had players on the COVID-19 protocol list, too. They include the Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils, Detroit Red Wings and a few other teams.
Uncertainty Grows Around the League
The NHL has been loaded with many dilemmas because of the pandemic. It is inevitable that more teams will have to add players to the protocol list and more game postponements will likely be announced in the future.
It appears that this is the early stages of what is likely to be a major problem in the NHL. While a good amount of teams have added players to the protocol list, some have not resulted in any game postponements.
However, there is some good news. There have been other teams who have not cancelled any games or added any players on the list. At this point, they haven’t experienced any problems. Once again, that’s not to say this won’t happen soon.