Devils postpone next 3 games due to COVID-19 protocols

Ruben Hill
February 4, 2021

The New Jersey Devils closed their facilities and put their season on pause at least through Saturday as a COVID-19 outbreak on the team grew Monday.

The National Hockey League will postpone all New Jersey Devils games through February 6 "as a result of four additional New Jersey Devils Players being added today to the NHL's COVID Protocol Related Absence List", the league announced Monday.

Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, Damon Severson, Ty Smith and Matt Tennyson were the five players added, while Mackenzie Blackwood was taken off the protocol list Tuesday.

Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod and Pavel Zacha all tested positive on Monday. Palmieri went on the list on Sunday after appearing in Saturday's game, and Zajac missed both games after entering the protocols on Friday.

Two players on the list, defenseman Sami Vatanen and goaltender Aaron Dell, are isolating after signing with the team.

The Devils are now scheduled to resume play on Tuesday, Feb. 9. As a result, the National Hockey League has postponed all of the team's games through February 6.

When the league initially postponed the Devils' next three games, it wasn't a guarantee those would be the only schedule changes.

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