The NHL postponed one more game on Thursday, bringing the total to 81 this season.
The Arizona Coyotes' home date Sunday against Dallas was postponed with the Stars currently having 11 players on the COVID-19 protocol list.
COVID-19 outbreaks and reduced capacity limits in Canadian cities have caused the league's postponements this season. As a result, the league withdrew players from February's Winter Olympics in China to create more space in the schedule to play the postponed games.
The NHL paused all games from Dec. 22 to 27 in an effort to curb outbreaks. On Wednesday, the NHL -- following a recommendation from the CDC in the United States -- loosened isolation timelines for asymptomatic people who tested positive, allowing them to leave quarantine after five days if their regional health units approve.
The Winter Classic is still scheduled to go ahead on New Years Day between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues at Target Field -- home of the Minnesota Twins. A sold-out crowd of 38,000 fans is expected to attend the outdoor game, which is on track to be played in some of the coldest temperatures of any outdoor game in NHL history.