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NHL shuts down Canadiens, postpones 2 Columbus games

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Dec 16, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Justin Danforth (17) celebrates a third period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 16, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Justin Danforth (17) celebrates a third period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL shut down team activities for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday and postponed the Columbus Blue Jackets’ next two games due to COVID-19 outbreaks on both clubs.

The league had previously postponed two of Montreal’s games through Dec. 26.

The Blue Jackets were scheduled to play Monday night at Buffalo and Thursday at home vs. Buffalo. The Canadiens’ games — Monday night at the Islanders, Wednesday at the Rangers, Thursday at New Jersey — were postponed previously.

The NHL is in the process of reviewing and revising the regular season schedule.

Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner, fellow forward Jack Roslovic and defenseman Gabriel Carlsson were placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets elected to cancel Sunday’s practice “out of an abundance of caution.”.

Jenner, 28, has a team-leading 11 goals to go along with seven assists in 28 games this season.

Roslovic, a 24-year-old Columbus native, has recorded 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 27 games in 2021-22.

Carlsson, 24, has collected four points (one goal, three assists) in 13 games this season.

–Field Level Media