Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Boston Bruins fans hold a giant flag with the Boston Logo on it prior Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Bruins, going through their worst COVID outbreak since the pandemic began back in 2020, are expected to be shelved through the National Hockey League’s Christmas break, according to the latest scoop from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

“Hearing Nashville will be shut down through Christmas,” Friedman tweeted Saturday. “We are awaiting news [on] Boston (expected to be shut down) and both Toronto/Vancouver (playing each other tonight, and other opponents tomorrow).”

Additional postponements would only make sense for the Bruins, who had their Saturday night showdown with Montreal postponed yesterday, as well as their Dec. 23 home meeting with the Avalanche. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont also reported Saturday that a league source informed him that Sunday’s road game between the Bruins and Senators would be postponed, leaving just Tuesday’s home meeting with the Hurricanes as the team’s only pre-Christmas game left on deck.

The Bruins, who scrapped their plans to practice in New York on Friday and flew home instead, were slated practice Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena but ultimately cancelled their on-ice session.

Bruce Cassidy’s squad has seven players and two team staffers currently in the league’s COVID protocol.

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