The Bruins’ COVID outbreak has receded enough that the team was allowed to return to practice Sunday. But the NHL’s decision to extend its league-wise season pause at least another day means Boston’s game with Pittsburgh, scheduled for Monday at TD Garden, has been postponed.
“The National Hockey League announced (Sunday) that its regular-season schedule will not resume prior to Tuesday, Dec. 28. The League had planned to resume its schedule on Dec. 27, but in order to allow the League an adequate opportunity to analyze League-wide testing results and to assess Clubs’ readiness to play, the target date for resumption of game play will be pushed back an additional day. Teams will return to practice on Dec. 26 and it is expected that the League will provide an update on its return to play plans by the end of day on Sunday.”
Boston is next scheduled to play Wednesday at Ottawa.
The Bruins have had five games postponed that will have to be rescheduled. The NHL is hoping to put some of them in the two open weeks previously scheduled for the Olympics. The NHL and NHLPA announced last week that due to COVID, its players would not be participating.