National Hockey League postpones Tuesday’s Hurricanes-Predators game

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2021

Less than 24 hours after Carolina and Nashville were playing they've been shut down even though only Jordan Staal of Carolina and Mikael Granlund of Nashville had been listed on their COVID-19 protocol list as being unavailable to their teams on Monday.

This marks the NHL's first game-day postponement due to COVID-19 this season.

"The decision was made 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", read the NHL's statement.

The teams played on Monday night in Nashville, with Carolina posting a 4-2 win.

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The Hurricanes' next scheduled game is at home against Florida on Thursday while the Predators are set to play Friday at Dallas in what would be the season opener for the host Stars.

Hurricanes players Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin and Teuvo Teravainen were added to the COVID-19 list Tuesday afternoon.

Nashville had forward Mikael Granlund and defenseman Luca Sbisa on the unavailability list January 13 and 14 with the Predators claiming Sbisa off waivers from Winnipeg on January 12. "The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Hurricanes' regular season schedule".

Adam Vingan, Predators beat writer: It is believed that no Predators players have tested positive. The Predators' next scheduled game is Friday against the Dallas Stars, whose start to the season was delayed by a COVID-19 outbreak. Their first four games were postponed after 17 players tested positive.

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