Just when you thought Islanders hockey was back and that maybe this COVID outbreak would be in the rearview mirror, another setback comes. The team announced that they will be postponing four more games.
- Tuesday, January 4 @ Seattle
- Wednesday, January 5 @ Vancouver
- Saturday, January 8 @ Edmonton
- Tuesday, January 11 @ Calgary
That's after returning last night for just one game, and playing one more game tomorrow against the Edmonton Oilers before going into another shutdown.
So, just to recap at the end of November the Islanders had a six day gap between games due to COVID, they just went 11 days without a game and then they're about to go another 10 games after that without playing a game. Two games in 23 days is just unheard of but that's the reality of this 2021-2022 season for the Islanders.
The reason for the cancelations is due to current attendance restrictions in certain Canadian cities. The Islanders could have theoretically played against the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday but the league didn't want to make them travel out west just for one game.
The Isles aren't the only team impacted by the cancellation. Here's a list of other matchups that were canceled by the league as a result of these Canadian laws:
- Monday, January 3 - Minnesota @ Ottawa
- Wednesday, January 12 - Minnesota @ Edmonton
- Friday, January 14 - Vegas @ Edmonton
- Saturday, January 15 - Vegas @ Calgary
- Sunday, January 16 - Edmonton @ Winnipeg
We'll keep an ear out for any more cancellations but as of now this is the most up to date schedule for the Islanders. Just add another wrinkle to the already odd 2021-2022 NHL season for this Islanders team.