According to several reports the New Jersey Devils are adhering to COVID-19 protocols as they will not play games this week as they did with an outbreak within their group. Originally the game on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins has been officially postponed. Also, the Devils will not play any games through February 6th with 10 players are on the COVID list.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 1, 2021
New Jersey Devils Deal With COVID-19 Outbreak
It was only a matter of time before this was bound to happen. The Devils had seen players being added to the COVID list over the last couple of days. Players like Sami Vatanen and Aaron Dell were on the list because they had just gotten into the country after getting their work visas and to quarantine. While Connor Carrick was on the list because he left the team to go to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. However, what was more concerning was Kyle Palmieri was added prior to puck against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday afternoon. Travis Zajac was on the list Friday. While Mackenzie Blackwood remains on the list for the last 12 days. In addition to the players listed, Andreas Johnsson, Jane Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, and Pavel Zacha have been added to the list.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 1, 2021
What Lies Ahead
Well, the series against the Penguins on Tuesday and Thursday have been officially postponed. In addition, the game against the New York Rangers on Saturday, February 6th is also postponed. There could be more games postponed next week as well. In addition, the Devils will have their training facilities closed to all players effective immediately and will remain closed until furth notice. We have seen games already postponed this season due to COVID. Organizations like the Vegas Golden Knights, Carolina Hurricanes, and Dallas Stars had to reschedule games. The Devils are not the first and will not be the last. Obviously, when games are not played in a bubble this was bound to happen. Stay tuned for more.