Flyers-Capitals postponed because of NHL COVID-19 protocol

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The game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals scheduled for Tuesday at Capital One Arena has been postponed after a second Flyers player entered NHL COVID-19 protocol.

The decision was made by the medical groups of the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, Flyers and Capitals out of an abundance of caution while the NHL continues to analyze test results in the coming days.

Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim was placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list Sunday, prior to a 7-4 win at Washington. Medical experts from the NHL and NHLPA required all Flyers players, coaches and staff members to receive POC tests before the game. All tests returned negative, and the game was allowed to be played.

A makeup date for the game will be announced at a later date.

The Flyers are next scheduled to play at the New York Rangers on Sunday with games at the New Jersey Devils scheduled for Thursday and Saturday postponed. The Capitals visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Their games at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and Saturday were also postponed.

The NHL has postponed 32 games during the 2020-21 season. Two were postponed prior to its start.

The game between the St. Louis Blues at the Arizona Coyotes on April 15 was rescheduled for Friday at 9 p.m. ET. The game Saturday was moved from 7 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET.

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