Due to a number of Toronto players entering COVID protocol over the past two days, tomorrow's home game against— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) December 18, 2021
the @MapleLeafs has been postponed by the @NHL.
A makeup date will be announced at a later time. pic.twitter.com/Z4H6TvebZK
This comes at a time where nearly every NHL team is being hit with outbreaks of Covid-19. A few teams (Calgary, Florida, Colorado) have already announced they will not be playing until after the holiday break. Per Marisa Ingemi of the Seattle Times, there are at least 90 players in the NHL in Covid protocol at the moment — about 14% of the NHL’s active gameday rosters.
Sundquist for the Blues makes 90 https://t.co/z8Y9aWEhdp— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) December 18, 2021
As of this writing, Seattle still has one game against Arizona before the holiday break. We’ll keep an eye on the latest news, as more postponements around the league are likely on their way.
Tonight’s game against Edmonton is still currently set to be played, with Chris Driedger getting the start for Seattle. As we’ve learned these past two years, however, things can change rapidly. For now, all we can do is wish all players and staff a quick and full recovery.