NHL postpones Islanders games through at least Nov. 30 due to COVID Protocol

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The NHL announced on Saturday afternoon that all Islanders games have been postponed through at least Tuesday, Nov. 30, as the team deals with up to eight players potentially being unavailable due to COVID Protocol.

The Islanders had been scheduled to face the Rangers on Sunday and the Flyers on Tuesday.

Per the NHL, the Islanders had one additional player test positive on Saturday morning, moving their number to as many as eight players unable to suit up, with the possibility of additional cases due to spread.

Islanders GM and president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello announced on Saturday that Casey Cizikas is the latest player to test positive, joining Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Josh Bailey, Ross Johnston and Zdeno Chara.

"The league over the past couple of years certainly has the best infectious disease doctors available, both the union and the league, plus their own physicians. We have to trust, and we do, their decisions," Lamoriello said." What goes into these decisions, what statistics allow them to make these conclusions, I am not privy to that, so all we can do is respond to what their decisions are, as we have today."

With these games postponed, the league is in the process of reviewing and revising the Islanders’ schedule. As of now, the next game on the schedule following the two postponed games would be a home matchup with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Lamoriello said Saturday that he expects all players to be tested in each of the next three days before a decision can be made regarding Thursday's game.