As most who have been paying attention to the recent rash of COVID pauses for NHL teams expected, the NHL will not end on May 8 as originally planned and the Boston Bruins will be one of the teams that will play past the original end date. As of now, the regular season will now end on May 11 when the Bruins play the Washington Capitals on the road.
Due to the recent COVID pauses of the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL announced that 19 games from the original schedule that was announced back on December 23, have been rescheduled. The following four Bruins games were part of that rescheduling:
-Game 714, Washington at Boston, scheduled for April 20, is now scheduled for April 11 at 7 p.m. ET
-Game 483, Boston at Buffalo, scheduled for March 20, is now scheduled for April 20 at 7 p.m. ET
-Game 529: NY Islanders at Boston, scheduled for March 23, is now scheduled for May 10 at 7 p.m. ET
-Game 653, Boston at Washington, scheduled for April 11, is now scheduled for May 11 at 7 p.m. ET
Five Boston Bruins were put into NHL COVID protocol on March 19 and their games against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo the following day and against the New York Islanders at TD Garden March 23 were postponed. The March 20 game at Buffalo will now be on April 20 and the March 23 game against the Islanders is now on May 10. Two games against the Capitals have also been rescheduled with one nine days earlier than originally scheduled and one a month later.
Boston Bruins forwards Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly were part of the COVID five from March 19 and remain on the NHL COVID Protocol list and as of Sunday night. Bruins alternate captain Brad Marchand joined them on Saturday and was stuck there on Sunday as well.
The Boston Bruins next game is this Tuesday against the Devils at TD Garden when they will try to snap what is now a four-game losing streak against New Jersey following another 1-0 loss Sunday.