NHL postpones 9 Canada-based home games due to no fan policy; Islanders-Red Wings matchup postponed

A number of the NHL‘s Canadian-team-based home games are being postponed due to no fan policies that are currently in place amid rising COVID-19 cases.

A total of nine games from Friday, Dec. 31 through Monday, January 10 will be rescheduled later in the season when COVID-19 restrictions may be eased or lifted, the league said in a statement. The affected games include:

Friday, Dec. 31: Pittsburgh at Ottawa; Winnipeg at Calgary

Monday, Jan. 3: Carolina at Toronto

Tuesday, Jan. 4: Washington at Montreal

Thursday, Jan. 6: Toronto at Montreal

Saturday, Jan. 8: Buffalo at Montreal; Seattle at Winnipeg

Monday, Jan. 10: Columbus at Montreal; Minnesota at Winnipeg

The Jan. 12 game between Boston and Montreal will be moved to Boston’s TD Garden. A make-up date for the Canadiens‘ home game against the Bruins will be determined at a later date.

In addition, Wednesday’s game between the Red Wings and Islanders has been postponed due to COVID-19-related issues affecting both clubs.

The Canadiens received a request from Quebec Public Health on Dec. 16 ahead of their home game against the Philadelphia Flyers to close the Bell Centre to fans. The team announced that night they had accepted this request “to ensure the health and safety of our supporters and communities.”

On Monday, the province of Manitoba announced new capacity restrictions to sporting events and that Jets games at Canada Life Centre will be played without any fans. The change is currently set to expire on Jan. 11, 2022.

The Government of Ontario announced earlier this month that capacity at Maple Leafs and Senators games would be reduced to 50 percent. The Alberta government also recently announced on Monday they’ve set capacity levels for all sporting venues at 50 percent due to surging COVID-19 cases.

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