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The NHL announced on Sunday evening that the 12 games featuring teams from the United States and Canada facing each other through the league’s holiday break will be postponed. They also announced that an announcement regarding player participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be coming in the next few days.
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Over 100 NHL players are currently in COVID-19 protocol with 37 games having been postponed in the past week due to the virus, which has raised the question of whether NHL players can go to the Olympics.
If one were to test positive at the event, they could be stuck in China for five weeks due to their health and safety protocols.
The Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, and Colorado Avalanche all shut down through Christmas due to the virus this weekend.
The Washington Capitals’ first game out of the holiday break, against the Ottawa Senators on December 27, could be in doubt with the way COVID-19 has raged across North America lately.
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, right-wing T.J. Oshie, center Nicklas Backstrom, and right-wing Garnet Hathaway are currently in COVID-19 protocol.
The Capitals are not scheduled to play in Canada again until January 4 at the Montreal Canadiens.
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By Harrison Brown