The NHL announced Monday that the Buffalo Sabres' games against the Washington Capitals scheduled for Feb. 11 and 13 have been postponed.
Buffalo last played against New Jersey on Jan. 31. New Jersey entered that game with six players on the COVID Protocol List and added four players the following day, putting its season on pause. New Jersey has yet to reopen its facilities, with three more postponements announced Monday.
The Sabres had their games postponed through Feb. 8 after adding forward Taylor Hall and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the COVID Protocol List last Tuesday.
The NHL announced revised dates for 12 Sabres games on Saturday as the result of previous postponements.
Buffalo now has nine players on the NHL's COVID-19 Protocol List in addition to coach Ralph Krueger: forwards Hall, Tobias Rieder, Dylan Cozens, Curtis Lazar, and Casey Mittelstadt; and defensemen Ristolainen, Brandon Montour, Jake McCabe, and Rasmus Dahlin.
Throughout the 2020-21 season, the NHL is sharing the names of players who are "unavailable" to teams due to COVID protocols. This list is updated daily by the NHL.
These "COVID Protocol Related Absences" can be the result of a number of factors including, among others:
(1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol;
(2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol;
(3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol;
(4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or;
(5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.
No additional detail will be provided either by the League or the team, including the precise reason a player is unavailable or how long he might be out.