The Boston Bruins’ next two scheduled games were postponed by the NHL on Friday after four additional players entered the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
The Bruins were slated to visit the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon and host the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The NHL said in a statement that the Bruins will be able to open their facilities on Wednesday, pending test results. Boston is scheduled to host the Islanders on Thursday.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 19, 2021
The Bruins and Sabres both canceled practices Thursday morning after Boston’s Sean Kuraly and a member of Buffalo’s hockey staff entered COVID-19 protocols. The teams played their game later that night, with Boston skating away with a 4-1 win.
The Sabres dealt with an outbreak in early February that caused six games to be postponed, including two games against the Bruins (Feb. 6 and 8).
Buffalo is in the midst of a 13-game winless skid (0-11-2) that led to Wednesday’s firing of head coach Ralph Krueger and assistant coach Steve Smith. Don Granato is serving as the interim head coach.
–Field Level Media