The game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders at UBS Arena on Wednesday was postponed by the NHL due to COVID-19 concerns.
Nine other games were also postponed because of attendance restrictions in certain cities in Canada: the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, each originally scheduled for Friday; the Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 3; the Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 4; the Maple Leafs at Canadiens on Jan. 6; the Buffalo Sabres at Canadiens and Seattle Kraken at the Jets on Jan. 8; and the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild at the Jets on Jan. 10.
Makeup dates for those games have yet to be announced.
Also, a game between the Boston Bruins and Canadiens scheduled for Bell Centre in Montreal on Jan. 12 now will be played at TD Garden in Boston that same day. A makeup date for the Bruins to play at the Canadiens will be announced at a later date.
Of the 80 games postponed this season, one has been made up (the Ottawa Senators defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 6 in a game initially scheduled for Nov. 16), and one has been rescheduled (the New York Rangers will host the Islanders on March 17 in a game initially scheduled for Nov. 28).
The NHL is set to resume play after the holiday break with three games Tuesday: the Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, TSN2, RDS), the Vegas Golden Knights at the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; BSW, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), and the Arizona Coyotes at the San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE).
The Islanders are next scheduled to play against the Sabres at home on Thursday. The Red Wings next play at home against the Capitals on Friday.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association agreed Sunday to allow teams to have a taxi squad with a maximum of six players available to be added to the roster to minimize the chance for further game postponements or teams having to play shorthanded.