NHL postpones eight more games in Canada due to attendance restrictions

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The NHL has postponed eight more games in Canada due to attendance restrictions implemented in response to a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases.

The league postponed Ottawa's home game Monday against Minnesota, Vancouver's home game Wednesday against the New York Islanders, Edmonton's home games Saturday against the Islanders, Jan. 12 against Minnesota and Jan. 14 against Vegas, Calgary's home game Jan. 11 against the Islanders and Jan. 15 against Vegas and Winnipeg's Jan. 16 home game against Edmonton.

The NHL said the games will be rescheduled for later in the season when restrictions may be eased or lifted.

The Islanders' other game on its Western road trip on Tuesday at Seattle was also postponed.

Friday's announcement comes three days after the NHL postponed nine games in Canada due to capacity limitations. The NHL now has had a total of 89 games postponed this season.

The NHL did not announce any further postponed dates for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are scheduled to host Ottawa on Saturday and Edmonton on Wednesday.

The Ontario government limited capacity at large indoor venues to 1,000 people on Thursday. Major League Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Maple Leafs and the NBA's Toronto Raptors, has said its games will be held without fans while that restriction is in place.

The Montreal Canadiens are not currently scheduled to play at home again until Jan. 15. A four-game Canadiens homestand between Tuesday and Jan. 10 had already been postponed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 31, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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