The Carolina Hurricanes–Nashville Predators game scheduled for Tuesday, January 19 is postponed due to a CVOID-19 situation with the Hurricanes. This game is the first in-season game the NHL has postponed due to health and safety protocols. The two teams were set to play tonight at 8 p.m. As of now, the NHL has not announced when the game will be made up.
Hearing the Carolina-Nashville game tonight is postponed. Covid situation with the Hurricanes.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 19, 2021
Hurricanes vs. Predators Rematch Pushed Back
The Hurricanes and Predators played their first matchup of the season just last night. Carolina defeated Nashville, 4-2. Canes players Andrei Svechnikov, Vincent Trochek, and Sebastian Aho all tallied two points on the night. Goaltender James Reimer had 31 saves on the night. With a 2-1-0 record, Carolina stopped the Predators from taking second place in the division. Tonight’s rematch would have been an important victory for the winner, deciding between the two of the top-ranked teams in the Central Division.
This news comes just days after Hurricane’s captain Jordan Staal was placed on the Covid-19 protocol list. It has not confirmed whether he had actually tested positive or not. Not to mention that Mikael Granlund of the Predators has also not been around the team because of COVID-19 concerns.
The Carolina Hurricanes postponed game will be rescheduled “out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts,” according to a statement from the NHL.
Neither team has released any news yet. This postponement doesn’t necessarily mean anyone has or doesn’t have the virus. It is most likely purely a precaution. The Hurricanes are scheduled to play their next game Thursday, January 21 against the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena. The league has not announced whether there will be changes to that game, as well.
This season is already proving to have its hardships, as the league and its fans knew it would. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and all players on both teams are well and stay that way.
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