The NHL postponed the Ottawa Senators’ next three games due to an outbreak of COVID-19, the first games this season that the league had to postpone due to COVID.
The Senators would travel to New Jersey on Tuesday to face the Devils, before returning home to play against the Nashville Predators on Thursday and the New York Rangers on Saturday. Their next scheduled game after that is Monday, November 22 at the Colorado Avalanche.
Ottawa has had 10 players and assistant coach Jack Capuano test positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. The line-up includes goalkeeper Matt Murray, centers Drake Batherson and Josh Norris and defender Nikita Zaitsev.
The senators lost 4-0 to the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
“It’s a shame, but as long as the boys are safe, that’s the number 1 priority,” defender Michael Del Zotto said. “But after that it’s an opportunity for other guys. It’s a next guy mentality.”
While this is the first postponement, the NHL has had to deal with some teams affected by COVID-19 outbreaks this season. The San Jose Sharks had seven players and coach Bob Boughner from the lineup and in the NHL COVID-19 protocols, including defenseman Erik Karlsson and top winger Timo Meier. The Pittsburgh Penguins had a handful of players on protocol, including captain Sidney Crosby and coach Mike Sullivan.