The New York Islanders had one extra game postponed due to the league-wide one-day prolongation of the winter break and COVID pause. Tonight’s game in Buffalo against the Sabres was postponed along with the rest of the day’s slate because of weather concerns.
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This change was made so that upon returning from their bye weeks on Sunday, all teams could assess their current COVID status. Afterwards, the Isles revealed that Cal Clutterbuck, Anthony Beauvillier, Zach Parise, and Oliver Wahlstrom have all entered the Isles’ concussion protocol (though, mercifully, Mathew Barzal has returned).
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Three more games this week have been postponed due to the poor weather conditions experienced by other teams.
Meanwhile, the NHL and NHLPA jointly agreed interim changes to the CBA to provide some flexibility, something that was not available to the “guinea pig” Islanders and Senators during their COVID surges earlier this season.
The return of a “taxi squad” that practises and travels with teams and is immediately available for recall and addition to the active roster in the event of COVID or injuries is one of the league’s new rules.
The Islanders wasted little time taking advantage of the situation, bringing in taxi squad members Simon Holmstrom, Cole Bardeau, and Grant Hutton. In light of the fact that all four of the most recent COVID acquisitions are wings, you may anticipate more before Wednesday’s matchup with the Red Wings.
GM Lou Larmoiello has stated that the team will wait for the results of the Bridgeport Islanders’ COVID tests before completing its taxi squad, which can consist of up to six players.
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The Isles are now in eighth place in the Metropolitan Division, seven points behind the seventh-place Devils, seventeen points behind the fourth-place Penguins, and twenty-one points behind the first-place Capitals after the break. They’re up by a couple of games, but…yeesh.