The Calgary Flames, who just played the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, are suddenly dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Games have been postponed through at least Thursday, Dec. 16 for the Flames amid COVID concerns, according to a National Hockey League press release on Monday. This comes after six Flames players and one staffer entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol within a 24-hour period.
That means at least three Calgary games are expected to move back to a later date. But for Boston, the concern is the possible spread of COVID to the Bruins’ locker room after they played in Calgary on Saturday. The B’s got revenge for a loss to the Flames at home in November with a 4-2 win on the road.
There’s no hard evidence of COVID spreading between teams, despite the close contact players have with each other throughout a hockey game. The lack of prolonged close contact may limit that possibility. But either way, the Bruins have dodged bullets at other points in the season.
The Ottawa Senators also had a major COVID outbreak back in November, soon after they played the Bruins on Nov. 9. The Providence Bruins had a COVID problem of their own, but it didn’t spread to Boston.
The Bruins have yet to enter a player into the COVID protocol this season. Head coach Bruce Cassidy, however, has missed the last six games since testing positive and entering the protocol in late November. Boston has gone 3-1-2 without Cassidy behind the bench, largely on the strength of improved goaltending.
For now, the Bruins are practicing as scheduled on Monday at Warrior Ice Arena, so that’s a good sign that testing has gone well since Calgary. Cassidy is also expected to speak on Monday, meaning he’s likely cleared the protocol and will return. The Bruins are expected to take the ice on Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights at TD Garden, which you can hear on 98.5 The Sports Hub starting with pregame coverage at 6:30 p.m.
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