The COVID-19 outbreak that has attacked the Ottawa Senators will result in the New York Rangers gameÂ on Saturday afternoon beÂ postponed.
The New York Rangers will not have to play back-to back games this weekend since it is being reported that their game in Ottawa will be postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak that has hit the Senators team.
Currently there are 10 players and associate coach Jack Capuano in COVID-19 protocol. Â The NHL is expected to announce the they will also postponed games against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in Newark and Â their game against Nashville on Thursday.
Cancelled Practice added to Postponements
The Senators were forced to cancel their fourth consecutive practice after the team had more positive results Â Monday.
Former New York Rangers and current Senator Michael Del Zotto spoke of the uncertainty and worry that has been a factor every day since the outbreak hit the club last week.
â€œSome guys have symptoms and some donâ€™t so Iâ€™m not going to get into details,â€ Del Zotto said Sunday night. â€œBut when youâ€™re coming to the rink youâ€™re almost crossing your fingers every single day hoping you get through with a negative. Itâ€™s been unfortunate and a good learning experience for everyone.â€
â€œWeâ€re just trying to keep every one safe, not just the players, but also our families. Itâ€™s also a great opportunity for guys to learn the mental side of the game and to be prepared for whatâ€™s out of your control. Weâ€™re trying to learn from the on-ice stuff but the off-ice stuff as well.â€ Â – Bruce Garrioch, Ottawasun.com.
The Senator.s have now had seven straight days where theyâ€™ve had positive test results for COVID-19. Winger Drake Batherson was the latest player added to COVID-19 protocol Â joiningÂ Austin Watson, Nick Golden, Josh Brown, Connor Brown, Dylan Gambrell, Matt Murray, Nikita Zaitsev, Victor Mete and Alex Formenton along with associate coach Jack Capuano .
At the moment there has been no make up date for the Rangers postponed game Saturday. Â The Senators hope to be able to go on a four game road trip that begins in Colorado on Monday night.