Ice hockey – Covid-19 disrupts NHL championship


37 players subject to the virus protocol, two hockey players withdrawn in the middle of a match, two games postponed: the North American championship is in trouble.

Bernese goaltender Akira Schmid played 20 minutes with the New Jersey Devils in Philadelphia.

Bernese goaltender Akira Schmid played 20 minutes with the New Jersey Devils in Philadelphia.


The Covid-19 once again disrupts the course of the NHL championship. During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, while 14 matches were scheduled, two matches were postponed. The one between the Nashville Predators of Bernese defender Roman Josi and the Flames. And that between the Minnesota Wild of the St. Welsh winger Kevin Fiala and the Hurricanes of the gray winger Nino Niederreiter.

Following outbreaks, Calgary and Carolina have fifteen players subject to the Covid-19 protocol, a list of 37 hockey players, including Valais center in New Jersey Nico Hischier, before the start of the games.

A list that should grow on Wednesday since two players were withdrawn from the rosters in the middle of the game after their test was positive: Tucker Poolman (Vancouver) and Morgan Frost (Philadelphia).

20 minutes of ice cream for Schmid

Five Swiss were able to put on their uniforms, however, but only one celebrated a victory: Zurich center Pius Suter (25), who skated for 17’44 (-1) with the Detroit Red Wings against the New York Islanders. at Little Caesars Arena (2-1).

At the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, New Jersey never weighed on the course of the game (6-1). Zurich Devils defender Jonas Siegenthaler (24) surrendered a -2 while Bernese goalkeeper Akira Schmid (21) took his place between the posts for the last 20 minutes (7 shots, 6 saves).

At the SAP Arena in San Jose, Appenzell winger Timo Meier (25) left no mark on the scorecard against the Seattle Kraken (1-3). He sent five shots on target for Manitoba goaltender Chris Driedger without scoring his 100th career goal.

Vancouver’s stunning success

At Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Canucks scored a stunning success against the Columbus Blue Jackets from Jura-Bernese center Gregory Hofmann (29), who maintained a neutral differential in 16’37 of play. Led 0-3 to in 17th, the British Columbian club now coached by Bruce Boudreau won 4-3.

The surprise of the round bears the stamp of the Ottawa Senators (7th in the Atlantic Division), who beat up the Florida Panthers (2nd in the same Division) 2-8.

NHL. Tuesday’s matches.

Pittsburgh – Montreal 5-2

Tampa Bay – Los Angeles 3-2 ap

Philadelphia – New Jersey 6-1

Detroit – NY Islanders 2-1

Colorado – NY Rangers 4-2

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