Bruins Player Enters COVID-19 Protocols, Forcing Cancellation Of Morning Skate

It's unclear who the player is

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March 18, 2021

The Boston Bruins will go into Thursday’s game, if it’s played, having not skated since Tuesday.

Ahead of their matchup Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins called off their morning skate, which was scheduled for 11:30 a.m., due to a player entering the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols. The Sabres also canceled their morning skate after a staff member entered the COVID-19 protocols.

It’s unclear right now who the affected player is, but it will be revealed later in the day when the NHL releases its list of players in the COVID-19 protocols. It also is not an indication that said player actually has contracted the coronavirus, it could also mean they were a close contact of somebody who later tested positive.

The Bruins have been on the road all week, so they’ve been travelling with each other the last few days. The last two weeks they have had players, Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk, enter the protocols, to later find it was due to a false positive.

The status of the Bruins-Sabres game at this point is unclear, but Thursday morning’s news definitely casts doubt that it will be played.

Boston and Buffalo also are scheduled to play Saturday afternoon.

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images
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