The NHL announced that the game tonight between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators has been postponed.
« 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, » the release says.
This came after multiple reports emerged that the issue is more positive tests within the Carolina Hurricanes locker room.
Hurricanes’ captain Jordan Staal has been on the COVID-19 protocol list on Friday and has missed two games. The team has not confirmed whether or not he is on the list because of an exposure to a positive case or testing positive himself.
The game will be rescheduled, per the NHL’s release, and a date will be announced when it is.
The Hurricanes’ home opener is scheduled for Thursday January 21. It’s not yet clear whether or not that game will be in jeopardy. The Hurricanes are scheduled to play their next six games at PNC Arena after starting out 2-1-0, all on the road. They were scheduled to play their second game against the Predators tonight before it was postponed.
The NHL instituted a taxi squad to help make things easier during the pandemic, which is a group of 4-6 players that can be called up at any time. Forward Morgan Geekie has already been called up to replace Staal.