The Philadelphia Flyers are the latest NHL team facing the potential of postponement. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that the team had another positive test result late Monday night and will likely have their game against the Washington Capitals Tuesday evening postponed. Travis Sanheim was the only Philadelphia player on the COVID Protocol Related Absences list Monday, but that appears likely to change.
As we’ve seen with some of the other outbreaks, positive test results can come slowly and trickle in for several days after the initial positive test. It’s not clear how many players or staff have tested positive in Philadelphia or how widespread the damage is, but it appears as though they’ll miss at least one game (and, given the way the NHL has operated previously, more than that).
Of course, just 12 days from now the Flyers were set to take on the Boston Bruins in the NHL’s marquee outdoor event. The NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe is a set of two games including Philadelphia, Boston, Colorado and Vegas that is supposed to start a modern trend of Mystery, Alaska-type events in the North American wilderness.
We’ll have to wait and see if that event is in jeopardy, but the focus now is getting the Flyers players healthy and safe. The list of postponements continues to grow.