NHL: More games in Canada postponed due to fan limits; Islanders impacted most

Even as teams return to the ice following their extended break due to coronavirus outbreaks around the league, the NHL continued Friday to postpone games due to attendance restrictions in Canada, extending the list of postponements to 16 games in the next two weeks.

The league announced Tuesday it would move games in five of its seven Canadian cities to “dates later in the season when such restrictions may be eased or lifted.”

Islanders impacted by postponements

With the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, capacity at indoor sporting events is currently limited in Canada, depending on the province. On Friday, games in Edmonton and Vancouver were added to the growing list, which now postpones most games in Canada through Jan. 16.

In addition, the New York Islanders game in Seattle on Jan. 4 was postponed because the Islanders’ western trip was so disrupted.

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Dec 7, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Filip Gustavsson (32) makes a save in front of New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The New Year’s Day game in Toronto between the Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators was not postponed, and Wednesday’s Edmonton at Toronto game remains on the NHL schedule, along with several other teams involving two Canadian teams through Jan. 16.

The full list of affected games is below:

Jan. 3
Minnesota at Ottawa
Carolina at Toronto

Jan. 4
Washington at Montreal
New York Islanders at Seattle

Jan. 5
New York Islanders at Vancouver

Jan. 6
Toronto at Montreal

Jan. 8
Buffalo at Montreal
Seattle at Winnipeg
New York Islanders at Edmonton

Jan. 10
Columbus at Montreal
Minnesota at Winnipeg

Jan. 11
New York Islanders at Calgary

Jan. 12
Minnesota at Edmonton
Boston at Montreal, to be played at Boston

Jan. 14
Vegas at Edmonton

Jan. 15
Vegas at Calgary

Jan. 16
Edmonton at Winnipeg

–Field Level Media