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Islanders game Wednesday vs. Red Wings postponed due to COVID

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The New York Islanders’ match on Wednesday versus the Detroit Red Wings has been postponed, the group declared on Tuesday, for what is remaining described as “COVID-connected issues.”
Detroit had as quite a few as 11 skaters sidelined due to the virus very last week as one particular of the key scenarios that prompted the NHL to start its holiday crack early and lengthen it via Monday. They have not performed a recreation due to the fact Dec. 18. 
Whilst they are little by little returning to total energy, the Islanders have strike a different COVID snag of their have. On Monday, 4 skaters — Oliver Wahlstrom, Cal Clutterbuck, Zach Parise, and Anthony Beauvillier — were positioned in league protocols soon after testing beneficial for the virus. 
Previously on Tuesday — before saying Wednesday’s postponement — the team unveiled that second-line middle and primary scorer Brock Nelson was also place on the COVID listing. Fourth-line ahead Matt Martin and defenseman Robin Salo are envisioned to be activated off that checklist on Wednesday.
The Islanders are in the midst of a 2nd important outbreak among their ranks with 5 skaters shelved due to the virus. Final thirty day period, they experienced as quite a few as 8 skaters in protocols at the exact time — forcing the group to trot out a insignificant-league lineup that assisted gasoline an 11-recreation losing streak. 
Their following scheduled match is established for Thursday night from the Buffalo Sabres at UBS Arena, although the upstate aspect just lately placed head coach Don Granato together with skaters Dylan Cozens and Mark Jankowski on the COVID list Monday bringing their overall up to 6. 
Should they get the ice on Thursday, it will stop an 11-working day split for the Islanders, who final played on Dec. 19.
“I will depart that up to most people upstairs and the league,” Islanders head mentor Barry Trotz claimed on Tuesday of his team’s means to consider the ice. “That is definitely not for me to choose. The only matter we can regulate is our angle and our get the job done ethic. Other than that, it can be likely to be what it is. Ideally, I might like for just about every team to have a total complement of gamers… but that is not fact. Which is fantasy hockey correct now.”
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