Devils’ Mackenzie Blackwood misses game after inconclusive COVID-19 test


New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

New Jersey Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was unavailable for Thursday’s pre-season contest against the New York Islanders due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test.

The game was ultimately cancelled due to a power outage at the Prudential Center.

In a statement, the Devils said Blackwood’s subsequent tests were also inconclusive and the team will have more information Sunday.

Blackwood is the only member of the Devils who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I have a couple of health concerns and health reasons why I’m working through it a little slower,” Blackwood said earlier in camp when asked about his decision to not take the vaccine. “I wanted to check off a couple of boxes, and not rush to do it.”

“I’ve not decided one way or the other whether I’m doing it. I’m taking a little bit of extra time.”

The Devils do not have any more pre-season games on their schedule and will open the season on Oct. 15 at home against the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Bernier, Scott Wedgewood and Akira Schmid are the other three goaltenders still in training camp with the Devils.

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