NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today that due to concerns over the number of positive cases in recent days and the continued spread of COVID, the Columbus Blue Jackets games will be postponed at least until at least until at the end of the League vacation. Break in the schedule on December 26. In addition, the Montreal Canadiens will suspend team activities at least until December 26. The decision was made by medical groups from the NHL, NHLPA and the club.
A decision on the reopening of the training facilities for each team will be taken by the League and the NHLPA in the coming days. The League is reviewing and revising the regular season schedule.
The Blue Jackets were scheduled to play tonight in Buffalo and Thursday at home against Buffalo, while the Canadiens’ remaining games before the holiday break, tonight against the New York Islanders, on December 22 at the NY Rangers and on December 23 at the New Jersey, had been postponed previously.
The Blue Jackets and the Canadiens have followed and will continue to follow all recommended guidelines to protect the health and safety of their players, staff and the community at large, as established by the NHL, local agencies, state / provincial and federal.