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NHL Postpones Flames, Avalanche, Panthers Games Through Holiday Break

The NHL is expected to postpone all games involving the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, and Florida Panthers through the upcoming holiday break.

The postponements keep rolling in as the NHL grapples with rising COVID-19 cases. 

As players enter health and safety protocols on a near-hourly basis over the past few days, the league has taken swift action to keep a handle on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, while attempting to avoid a full-on pause, as well. 

Those efforts have ultimately led to today's announcement, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that the NHL is expected to postpone all games featuring the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, and Florida Panthers through the holiday break. 

The decision is undoubtedly a sensible one, coming after all three teams have been hit particularly hard by the virus, with nearly the entirety of Calgary's roster currently in league protocols. 

The NHL's holiday break is not far off, however, with the pause set to begin on Dec. 23 and last through boxing day. Postponing these games until the end of the break gives each club at least ten days off to hopefully get cases under control and have players exit quarantine. 

As for the Olympics, this news almost certainly puts the nail in the coffin of NHL players participating come February. With such a large number of postponements and the harsh protocols set forth by the Olympic governing body, pausing the season to send the league's best players overseas does not seem worth the risk. 

The NHL has until Jan. 10 to make a decision about whether to opt out. The answer is looking clearer by the day. 



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