Islanders-Sabres game postponed after snow alters Buffalo's travel plans

New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas, left, shields the puck from Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel. (Adrian Kraus/AP)

Tuesday's game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders has been postponed after snow forced the Sabres to alter their travel plans, which impacted COVID-19 contract tracing and testing protocols.

A make-up date has not been announced, but the two teams are also scheduled to play Thursday. At this time, neither team is believed to have COVID-19 cases on its roster.

Eastern New York and the surrounding area was hit by a major snow storm on Monday, with New York governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a state of emergency in 44 counties. As a result, the Sabres chose not to fly into New York on Monday and instead plan to travel Tuesday.

The New York Rangers next play on Thursday at home against the Washington Capitals while the Philadelphia Flyers have home games scheduled for Wednesday and Friday against the Boston Bruins. So far, those games have not been postponed.

The New Jersey Devils, the other team in the path of this snowstorm, announced on Monday that its next three games were postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the team. The Devils currently have 10 players on the NHL's COVID-19 list.

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