The Detroit Red Wings are still playing an NHL game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. However, there won’t be a game at the rink on Monday.
The NHL is opting to shut down the COVID-19 afflicted Colorado Avalanche until after Christmas. That means all of Colorado’s pre-December 25 games, including Monday’s visit to Detroit to face the Red Wings, are undergoing postponement.
Red Wings vs. Avalanche game on Dec. 20 has been postponed.
More details to come. https://t.co/7lodH57yXA
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 17, 2021
All games involving the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers are also being shut down through the Christmas break.
Currently, the Avalanche are missing five players who are in COVID-19 protocol. They are goalie Darcy Kuemper, defensemen Devon Toews and forward Andrei Burakovsky and J.T. Compher. Four other players – captain Gabriel Landeskog and defensemen Bowen Byram, Ryan Murray and Jacob MacDonald are idling on the regular injured list.
COVID Playing Havoc With NHL
Colorado played Thursday at Nashville and lost 5-2. The Predators were missing eight players in COVID-19 protocol and their entire coaching staff.
The Red Wings also have two players – forwards Michael Rasmussen and Robby Fabbri – in COVID-19 protocol. Detroit lost 5-3 on Thursday to the Hurricanes in Carolina. The Hurricanes were playing despite the absence of six players who were in COVID-19 protocol. The league made the determination of calling off Tuesday’s game between the Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild.
If you’re wondering why those games were going ahead and Monday’s game is undergoing postponement, you’re not alone. Even the member teams seem to be pondering whether the NHL has a clear policy when it comes to dealing with COVID-19.
“We were getting guys pulled out of our room at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30,” Avs coach Jared Bednar told Colorado Hockey Now. “We were all, basically, dressed when we were getting those results.”
Griffins Also Shut Down
Detroit’s AHL farm club is also being shutting down for the weekend. The American Hockey League is postponing the Grand Rapids Griffins’ home games scheduled for Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 against the Toronto Marlies.
The Griffins’ home games scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 against the Toronto Marlies have been postponed due to league COVID-19 protocols affecting the Marlies.
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) December 17, 2021
This is due to league COVID-19 protocols affecting the Marlies, as well as Toronto Public Heath workplace guidelines.