The NHL announced that Tuesday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center has been postponed with Capitals right-wing Daniel Sprong and defenseman Justin Schultz awaiting COVID-19 test results.
The two both missed the Capitals’ morning skate at Wells Fargo Center after each had an initial positive test.
Right-wing T.J. Oshie, center Nicklas Backstrom, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, and goaltender Zach Fucale are already in COVID-19 protocol.
The Capitals are currently not scheduled to play again until Monday, when they host the Ottawa Senators at Capital One Arena (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
This is the 50th game that the NHL has had to postpone this season due to COVID-19. On Monday, the league ultimately decided to pause play for five days after Tuesday night’s Capitals-Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning-Vegas Golden Knights games due to COVID-19. More than 100 players are currently in COVID-19 protocol.
Teams will be allowed to reopen facilities on Sunday and games will resume on Monday.
The 2022 NHL All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in still on as of Tuesday. The league plans to use the time frame that was carved out of the schedule for the Olympics to make up postponed games.
The Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, and Florida Panthers all shut down this month through December 26 due to COVID-19.
The NHLPA and NHL agreed that NHL players will not attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
By Harrison Brown