Sport Updates on Wild, Sabres, and Capitals COVID-19 situations

00:05  13 february  2021
00:05  13 february  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

Sabres games postponed through Feb. 8

  Sabres games postponed through Feb. 8 The Sabres training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain so until further notice. The schedule is still being reviewed as the situation progresses.Buffalo was reportedly “furious” with a lack of information when it played the New Jersey Devils over the weekend, including hitting the ice against several players that entered the league’s COVID protocol-related absences the next day. The Sabres will now miss at least four games that will need to be fit into the schedule down the road.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.

[UPDATE: NHL announces additional postponements for Devils, Sabres, Wild]

The Sabres added two more players to their COVID-19 list since Sunday evening with forward Casey Mittlestadt and defenseman Rasmus Dahlin entering the protocol. That brings their total number to nine players, as they join Taylor Hall, Tobias Rieder, Dylan Cozens, Curtis Lazar, Rasmus Ristolainen, Brandon Montour and Jake McCabe.

Head coach Ralph Krueger is also in the COVID protocol following a positive test result last week.

The Sabres’ outbreak started more than a week ago following a game against the Devils. That was the last game Buffalo played (same for the Devils) as they have continued to have players enter the protocol. On Saturday the NHL announced that 12 adjustments have been made to the Sabres’ schedule due to game postponements.

Here’s how Zdeno Chara’s playing for Capitals heading into Bruins reunion

  Here’s how Zdeno Chara’s playing for Capitals heading into Bruins reunion Looking beyond his exciting first goal with his new team.But at 43, Chara is indeed a member of the Capitals. With Chara and the Capitals set to face the Bruins on Saturday, and still soaking in the joy of his first goal with the team, this seems like a reasonable time to check up on “The Big Z.

Their next scheduled game is on Thursday when they are supposed to host the Capitals.

Guerin offers update on Wild

The Wild is one of the other teams currently shut down, and on Monday GM Bill Guerin offered an update on their situation.

He said that they have nine players and one staff member have tested positive, and that it seems possible that more positive tests could be coming.

[Related: NHL announces schedule changes for 27 games]

The Wild’s facility has been shut down all week due to their outbreak, while the team has not played since Feb. 2. Their next scheduled game is Feb. 11 against the Blues, but that seems to be in jeopardy given the fact they could still have more positives.

Guerin said on Monday that he has a conference call with the league scheduled to discuss their options, and that they will “resume playing hockey when it’s safe to do so.”

Senators place veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn on waivers

  Senators place veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn on waivers The veteran defenseman carries a cap hit of $1.7M this season and was part of the cap-clearing package acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning this offseason. © Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Ottawa Senators defenseman Braydon Coburn Coburn, 35, is only a few months away from winning the Stanley Cup with the Lightning, though he certainly wasn’t a huge part of their postseason run. He suited up just three times during the playoffs and ended up traded along with Cedric Paquette and a draft pick as part of Tampa’s attempt to get cap-compliant.

Even before this outbreak the Wild was impacted by a COVID issue involving top draft pick Marco Rossi. He tested positive for the virus in November and will not play this season due to complications that came from it.

Guerin said that some of the players are currently dealing with symptoms that include aches and a loss of taste and smell.

Kuznetsov and Samsonov skate with Capitals

In Washington, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov were back on the ice on Monday after they missed nearly three weeks following their positive tests.

Kuznetsov skated on the fourth line during the practice session and it is not yet known if he will be able to play in Tuesday’s game against the Flyers.

Samsonov, meanwhile, said through an interpretor (via the Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir) that he had days where he had trouble walking and breathing, but that he is feeling better now.

[Related: NHL making changes to in-arena protocols]

Kuznetsov said he also had symptoms and admitted they were not easy days. When asked if he was scared, he responded with “No, I’m from Russia there is not a lot that can scare me.”

Not always pretty, but Penguins manage to win vs. Capitals

  Not always pretty, but Penguins manage to win vs. Capitals Now a four-game losing streak for Washington.Perhaps Pittsburgh merely needs to take Sidney Crosby‘s attitude when he scored an empty-net goal. Crosby got taken down by a desperate Capitals player, but just kept chugging along to add that additional insurance goal.

Both players have missed the Capitals’ past eight games.

Along with the Sabres and Wild, the Devils and Avalanche have also been dealing with game postponements, while the Golden Knights went through a similar issue earlier this season.

For the season the NHL has had nearly 100 players enter the COVID protocol for one reason or another (positive test, close contact, quarantine with new team, etc.). The league claims less than half of those situations have been because of a positive test.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

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