Islanders cleared from COVID-19 protocol, will resume playing Thursday

The new UBS Arena sits empty before the first New York Islanders NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames. (Adam Hunger/AP)

The New York Islanders have been cleared from COVID-19 protocol to resume playing and will face the San Jose Sharks at UBS Arena on Thursday, the NHL announced on Wednesday.

The league said in a statement that it made the decision to clear the team “in consultation with its medical experts.”

The shutdown forced the postponement of games against the New York Rangers (Nov. 28) and Philadelphia Flyers (Nov. 30) caused by as many as eight Islanders players being placed in COVID-19 protocol.

The NHL hasn’t completed the rescheduling of the Islanders’ two postponed games.

The Islanders are the second team to have games postponed this season because of COVID. An outbreak on the Ottawa Senators led to the postponement of three games two weeks ago.

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