The game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday was postponed after four Hurricanes entered NHL COVID-19 protocol. The rescheduled date for the game is to be determined.
Forwards Jordan Staal, Andrei Svechnikov and Steven Lorentz, and defenseman Ian Cole entered protocol Tuesday, one day after forwards Sebastian Aho and Seth Jarvis, and a member of the training staff did.
The NHL said it will provide an update Wednesday. The Hurricanes are scheduled for a home game against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, when the Wild are scheduled to host the Buffalo Sabres.
"We're waiting to hear from the League," Carolina general manager Don Waddell told The Athletic on Tuesday. "There have been no updates on that front yet. They're dealing with some other teams that have had some issues today. So I think they're looking at the schedule, trying to see where they can place games and all of that. As of 3 p.m. today, they told me, 'Just hang tight and we'll get back to you.' So that's where we're at, still."
The Hurricanes game at the Wild was the ninth postponed this season because of COVID-19 concerns. The NHL announced Monday that the Calgary Flames had three games postponed: at the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, and at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Those games have yet to be rescheduled.
The New York Islanders had games postponed for Nov. 28 (New York Rangers, rescheduled for March 17) and Nov. 30 (Philadelphia Flyers, not yet rescheduled). The Ottawa Senators had games postponed for Nov. 16 (New Jersey Devils), Nov. 18 (Predators), and Nov. 20 (Rangers). The New Jersey game was played Dec. 6; Ottawa won 3-2. The other two games have yet to be rescheduled.
The NHL had 55 games postponed last season; all were made up as part of a 56-game schedule.