The NHL is more than ever confronted with the new devastating wave of the coronavirus, which has led 90 game reports since the start of the season. Canadian teams, who see their cities put in place health restrictions, are the most affected. Indeed, eight of the last nine meetings postponed by the body were to be held on Canadian ice. In recent hours, the situation has evolved again, in the bad direction. The Montreal Canadiens saw their defender Alexander Romanov and forward Jake Evans join several of their teammates in the health protocol, which also includes goalkeeping coach Eric Raymond, for a total of sixteen people. For this reason, the red lantern of the Eastern Conference has decided to stop its activities until Thursday, January 6 inclusive.
The Canadiens and the Laval Rocket are suspending their activities as a preventive measure until January 6 inclusively. https://t.co/uK5ObCOEWq
— Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) January 1, 2022
Montreal’s next four games postponed
“With all the new cases occurring daily and for the health of all our players and staff, we believe a pause in activities is necessary at this time. This shutdown will give our players the time they need to return to health to allow us to continue the season safely. “Explains Jeff Gorton, vice-president of hockey operations of the Canadiens, in a press release. This « preventive measure » does not impact the schedule of the team led by Dominique Ducharme. Its next four games, initially scheduled for January 5, 7, 9 and 11 on the ice of its Bell Center, respectively against Washington, Toronto, Buffalo and Columbus, have already been postponed. The Canadiens will not play again until January 13. Date on which they must travel to Boston. They remain on three defeats. The latest dates back to Saturday, the first day of the year, with the Florida Panthers on a heavy score (5-2).