Things continue to go from bad to worse for the New York Islanders. After beginning the season on a 13-game road trip while their new arena was being finished, the team went 5-6-2. The Islanders proceeded to lose their first four games in their new arena. They have now lost eight-straight games.
The rough start has now been compounded by an extensive COVID outbreak that has as many as nine players currently in COVID protocol.
As a result, the NHL announced today that because an additional Islanders Player entered COVID Protocol this morning, and up to eight Players are potentially unavailable to play due to COVID Protocol, as well as the possibility of additional cases due to spread, the team’s games will be postponed at least through Tuesday, Nov. 30.
The decision was made by the League in consultation with the NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Islanders’ regular season schedule.
The Islanders were scheduled to play the New York Rangers on Sunday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. The NHL will reschedule those games and reevaluate the Islanders’ remaining slate accordingly once the club has a better handle on the health of its players.
By Jon Sorensen