Boston Bruins Heart Charlie Coyle (13) passes the puck whereas Pittsburgh Penguins Left Wing Zach Aston-Reese (12) defends through the third interval within the NHL recreation between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins on April 25, 2021, at PPG Paints Area in Pittsburgh, PA.

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The Nationwide Hockey League on Saturday mentioned it could postpone all Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators video games a minimum of via Dec. 26 as a result of unfold of Covid-19.

The league had already shut down the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers via a minimum of that date due to the rising variety of gamers testing optimistic for the virus.

Attributable to quite a lot of Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks gamers getting into Covid-19 protocols over the previous two days, the league mentioned it was suspending Saturday’s Toronto-Vancouver recreation, in addition to Sunday’s Arizona Coyotes-Canucks and Maple Leafs-Seattle Kraken video games.

The league mentioned it was within the technique of reviewing and revising its common season schedule.

The disruptions to the schedule additional cloud the NHL’s plans to ship the world’s prime gamers to the Feb. 4-20 Beijing Olympics.

The NHL agreed to a break in its schedule to permit gamers to compete in Beijing with the caveat that it might withdraw by itself if an abundance of Covid-19 disruptions compelled video games to be rescheduled through the Olympic window.

The NHL has till Jan. 10 to withdraw from the Beijing Olympics with out monetary penalty.