The Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers have made the decision to postpone their games through the NHL’s Christmas break. Both Colorado and Florida have been hit hard in recent weeks due to COVID-19. As of Friday evening, the Florida Panthers had lost seven players to the league’s health and safety protocols while the Avalanche have lost five players to the league’s health and safety protocols.
Outside of the United States, the NHL has lost the Calgary Flames. Following a team wide outbreak that impacted more than a dozen players and coaches, the Flames have made the decision to postpone all games until after Christmas.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the NHL has opted to resume daily testing and place tighter restrictions for road teams. In addition, the league is currently taking a closer look at its decision to allow players to participate in the 2022 Summer Olympic Games.