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Boston Bruins’ Games vs. Sabres Postponed Due To COVID Protocols

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The Boston Bruins are pretty banged up at this point with Ondrej Kase, Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka and Matt Grzelcyk all injured seriously enough that they aren’t on the current road trip. The injured Bruins have left the club with a bit of a dilemma on the right wing currently, but they will get a chance to heal up this weekend as the B’s Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 home games against the Buffalo Sabres have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns with the Sabres.

The Sabres had a pair of players enter the COVID-19 Protocols after last weekend’s games vs. a New Jersey Devils club that’s currently enduring a major outbreak.

The Bruins were originally slated to play Friday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers and then get ready for a home Saturday night date against the Sabres in their first back-to-back games of the season. Instead, they will get a four-day break in the schedule before heading to New York for a couple of games vs. the New York Rangers beginning on Feb. 10.

The Bruins are currently on a 5-0-1 roll in their last six games and sit just behind the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers in the East Division standings, and to this point have been fairly good about containing any COVID-19 situations. The East Division will now be going through a test of the NHL protocols with both the New Jersey Devils and the Sabres facing game postponements through the first week in February.

The Boston Bruins won’t be back at TD Garden an actual game until Feb. 15 against the New Jersey Devils, meaning they will have gone 17 days between home games after skipping the two-game series against the Sabres.

The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups, who determined that more caution was warranted while the League continues to analyze test results in the coming days. The team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed until further notice. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Sabres’ regular season schedule and it is expected that a decision on next week’s games will be made in the coming days.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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