Accoring to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, tonight’s game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the St. Louis Blues is postponed. The second in a two-game series between the two Western Conference heavyweights was called off due to an abundance of positive COVID tests from the Golden Knights. The league confirmed the news Thursday afternoon.
Vegas Golden Knights COVID Tests Postpone Game Against St. Louis
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 28, 2021
The Golden Knights have joined the list of teams to have COVID related issues on their season. The Dallas Stars, for example, delays the start of their season by two weeks due to an outbreak in the organization. Similarly the Carolina Hurricanes are just coming off of their two week quarantine ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Over the next seven days, the Golden Knights were set to play four games, including tonight’s. Their previous game saw their coaching staff replaced by their general manager, Kelly McCrimmon, and their AHL coaching staff due to concerns about the virus.
So far this season, the Golden Knights have gone 5-1-1 and lead the West Division through seven games. The team is lead in scoring by captain Mark Stone who currently has 11 points. Leading the team in goals so far is 32-year-old winger Max Pacioretty, who has netted six. For the goaltending, Robin Lehner has had the bulk of starts appearing in four games for the Knights.
What This Means
A two-week quarantine would potentially slow down the momentum of the Knights. Similar to previous seasons, the Golden Knights are off to another hot start. Being put under the league’s quarantine would halt all skating and practicing until the quarantine period is up. For the Blues, however, this might not have any implications of their schedule. They will continue to go through their season unless they too have COVID complications among their organization.