NHL postpones Senators-Oilers, Lightning-Devils because of COVID-19

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

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

There have been 103 games postponed this season because of issues related to COVID-19. Six have been rescheduled.

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

The Oilers canceled practice Sunday after forwards Warren Foegele and Tyler Benson were placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol. Six members of the support staff and five players entered protocol Saturday, including forwards Kailer Yamamoto and Brendan Perlini, defensemen Evan Bouchard and Slater Koekkoek, and goalie Ilya Konovalov. Center Connor McDavid entered protocol Jan. 4.

Edmonton hasn’t played since losing 4-2 to the Maple Leafs on Jan. 5. Home games against the New York Islanders (Jan. 8), the Minnesota Wild (Jan. 12), Vegas Golden Knights (Jan. 14), and Chicago Blackhawks (Jan. 18), and a road game at the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 16) have been postponed. It is scheduled to host the Florida Panthers on Jan. 20. The Oilers (18-14-2) are 0-3-2 in their past five games and sixth in the Pacific Division after having an NHL-best .762 points percentage (16-5-0) Dec. 1.

The Devils (14-17-5) have had six games postponed this season. Forward Janne Kuokkanen and defenseman Damon Severson entered COVID-19 protocol Sunday and forwards Jesper Bratt and Nathan Bastian entered protocol Saturday.

Senators games at the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 8 and at the Jets on Jan. 15 were postponed Friday because of attendance restrictions in Canada cities because of COVID-19.

On Thursday, the NHL announced the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks scheduled for that night at Honda Center in Anaheim was postponed because of COVID-19 issues impacting the Ducks. The game was rescheduled for Sunday (8 p.m. ET; BSSC, BSSD, BSDET+, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Three games were postponed Wednesday because of attendance restrictions in Canadian cities.

The Devils had two games in Canada postponed: at the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 15 and at the Maple Leafs on Jan. 17.

Those games will also be rescheduled for later in the season when restrictions may be eased or lifted.

On Tuesday, the NHL postponed two games and rescheduled three.

The Blue Jackets at the Islanders, and the Red Wings at the Philadelphia Flyers, each scheduled for Jan. 18, were postponed.

New York at Philadelphia, scheduled for Nov. 30, was rescheduled for Jan. 18 (7 p.m. ET); New York at Toronto, scheduled for Jan. 22, was rescheduled for April 17 (7:30 p.m. ET); and Toronto at New York, scheduled for April 17, was rescheduled for Jan. 22 (7 p.m. ET).

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