NHL postpones Canadiens games through March 28 due to COVID-19 protocols

Eric Engels joined Tim & Friends to talk about the breaking news that the Montreal Canadiens will have games postponed due to COVID protocols, and how the team could be affected by this break in their schedule.

The NHL has postponed all Montreal Canadiens games through March 28 as a result of two Canadiens players entering the league's health and safety protocols.

Pending the results of further tests in the coming days, the league expects Montreal will be able to re-open its practice facilities on March 29.

Canadiens forwards Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia were added to the league's COVID Protocol List early Monday, which prompted the eventual postponement of Montreal's game against the Edmonton Oilers later that night -- the first North Division game to be rescheduled as a result of the league's health and safety protocols.

At least two additional games against the Oilers this week, and one against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, will now be postponed too.

A timeline for when the rescheduled games will be played was not immediately available.

No Oilers players were on the latest COVID-19 list, which is released by the NHL daily. Edmonton's next scheduled game is March 27 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wednesday's game between the Oilers and Canadiens, which was slated to be a part of Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, has been replaced by the Buffalo Sabres taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Live coverage of that contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.

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