The National Hockey League will play on for now.
After the NBA announced it is suspending their 2019-20 season following Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the Coronavirus, the NHL released the following statement:
“The National Hockey League is aware of the NBA’s decision tonight to indefinitely suspend its season due to a player testing positive for the coronavirus. The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and is evaluating the options. We expect to have a further update tomorrow.”
The San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets have already announced that the general public will not be allowed to attend their remaining home games in March. One of those games is against the Boston Bruins on March 21. The Bruins have yet to make a statement on any of their remaining home games this month. In fact, an email to the Bruins public relations department Wednesday night simply asking if the Bruins would practice as scheduled Thursday was not returned.
The Bruins are scheduled to play the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo Friday and then return home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden Saturday. They host the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday and then head on a three-game trip through California where they play the Anaheim Ducks next Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings Thursday and then the Sharks that Saturday. The Bruins have three home games scheduled in March after that: March 24 against the Red Wings; March 26 against the Ottawa Senators and March 28 against the Florida Panthers.
The Bruins already postponed a 50th reunion celebration for the 1969-70 Stanley Cup-winning team.