The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday (January 20) that the team's next two games, including the home opener, will be postponed following multiple players were place on the NHL's COVID-19 Protocol absence list. The Canes were set to play two games against the Florida Panthers for the first games at PNC Arena this season.
The news comes one day after the Canes' Tuesday matchup with the Nashville Predators was postponed "out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.
As of Wednesday, five players have been placed in COVID-19 protocol: Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen, and Jaccob Slavin. The team posted a statement from the NHL on Twitter Wednesday afternoon the games, which will be postponed until at least Saturday.
"As an appropriate precaution, the team's training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed for Players until further notice," the statement read. "The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Hurricanes' regular season schedule."
The post concluded, "The Hurricanes organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state, and national agencies."
The league's COVID Protocol list does not specify whether players have tested positive for the virus or have been in close contact with someone who has.
The next scheduled games is set for Tuesday (January 26). The rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time.
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