The NHL announced on Monday that the Ottawa Senators’ games at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, against the Nashville Predators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, and against the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre On Saturday have been postponed after 10 players have entered COVID-19 protocol. The league said that there has been “evidence of continued spread in recent days” in a statement.
Right-wing Drake Batherson, right-wing Auston Watson, left-wing Alex Formenton, center Dylan Gambrell, left-wing Connor Brown, and goaltender Matt Murray in addition to defensemen Nick Holden, Victor Mete, Nikita Zaitsev, and Josh Brown all missed the Senators’ 4-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday in COVID-19 protocol.
Associate coach Jack Capuano was placed in COVID-19 protocol on November 8.
Batherson, the Senators’ leading scorer with seven goals and 16 points in 14 games this season, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday but played in the team’s 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins that day after testing negative twice. He entered protocol again on Sunday.
The Senators have not practiced since November 5 but have played three games since.
After COVID-19 forced 55 games to be postponed last season, this is the first time the league has had to pause a team’s schedule this year.
The Senators are slated to play on Monday against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena.
By Harrison Brown