Colorado star Cale Makar is in COVID-19 protocol. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

NHL’s growing COVID-19 problem forces first Sabres game to be postponed

PITTSBURGH – The concern over the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases forced the NHL this afternoon to postpone games involving the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers through Dec. 26.

So Wednesday’s Buffalo Sabres home game against the Avalanche has been shelved. No makeup date has been announced for the Sabres’ first COVID-related postponement this season.

The NHL this afternoon also extended the Calgary Flames’ postponements through Thursday.

Right now, COVID is tearing through the NHL. The Flames have 19 players in COVID-19 protocol, the Panthers have seven and the Avalanche have five. The Nashville Predators’ entire coaching staff and seven players are in protocol.

So far this season, only one Sabres player, goalie Dustin Tokarski, has been placed in protocol.

The Sabres play the Penguins tonight at PPG Paints Arena.

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