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NHL shuts down Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins through Christmas because of COVID-19 issues

The NHL made one other spherical of postponements Saturday amid a rising quantity of COVID-19 instances across the league.

Nashville and Boston will each be shut down through Christmas. The Predators have eight gamers and a number of other coaches positioned in COVID-19 protocols and have been resulting from play Carolina on Sunday and Winnipeg on Tuesday.

The Bruins — additionally with eight gamers in protocols — had been beforehand scheduled to play Montreal on Saturday, however that recreation was shelved Friday and now they won’t play in Ottawa on Sunday or in opposition to Carolina on Tuesday.

Additionally, the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs each had their subsequent two video games postponed. Those groups have been purported to play one another Saturday, however a sixth member of the Canucks examined constructive Saturday morning and the Leafs have 4 gamers in protocols. Toronto was purported to play Seattle on Sunday, whereas the Canucks’ recreation in opposition to Arizona on Sunday might be rescheduled.

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On prime of well being and security issues, the NHL has needed to think about repercussions of gamers and employees crossing the U.S.-Canada border and doubtlessly returning constructive assessments whereas touring. The league introduced Saturday newly enhanced COVID-19 protocols that embrace day by day testing, and anybody who comes again constructive whereas touring is topic to obey quarantine mandates. Understandably, gamers and employees have issues about being pressured to isolate away from household across the holidays.

At this level, a leaguewide shutdown can be the NHL’s “final resort” if there’s a sense that it can not comprise COVID-19 unfold. The hope is to proceed postponements on a case-by-case foundation till the Christmas break begins Thursday.

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