Despite the Philadelphia Flyers not having any more players added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list on Wednesday, the team’s game on Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden has been postponed.
The Flyers will be out of commission until Monday, when they’re expected to reopen Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, for practice.
Here is a part of the NHL’s statement Wednesday night:
“These decisions were made by the league’s, NHLPA’s and clubs’ medical groups. The Flyers’ organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.” – NHL
The Flyers ended up having all four of their games this week wiped out because of COVID protocols. Their road game Tuesday night against the Capitals was postponed after Claude Giroux and Justin Braun were added to the COVID protocol list. Travis Sanheim was placed on the COVID protocol list Sunday and missed the Flyers’ 7-4 win over the Capitals.
The Flyers practiced Monday at Capital One Arena and ended up departing Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon following the postponement of the game.
The Flyers were scheduled to host the Devils on Thursday and Saturday, but those games were postponed Monday. New Jersey had 17 players on the COVID protocol list Wednesday and hasn’t played since Jan. 31.
The Flyers’ number of players out because of COVID protocol did not grow Wednesday. Giroux, Braun and Sanheim remained on the COVID protocol list.
The postponement of Sunday’s game certainly makes sense from a health and safety standpoint, as well as from a logistical standpoint with the Flyers’ schedule. The Flyers’ next scheduled game is Feb. 18 (next Thursday) against the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center. The team then heads to Stateline, Nevada, to play the Bruins in the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe game on Feb. 21.
The makeup dates for the Flyers’ four postponed games this week are to be determined.