NHL suspends games with cross-border travel until after Christmas, including Rangers, Islanders and Devils games

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A general view of the Madison Square Garden ice during Rangers game
A general view of the Madison Square Garden ice during Rangers game

The NHL announced on Sunday that they are suspending games involving cross-border travel until after Christmas.

The league postponed 12 games involving U.S. teams playing Canadian teams from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23 due to concerns about "the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions."

These cancellations include the Islanders against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, the Rangers vs. Canadiens on Wednesday, and the Devils vs. Canadiens on Thursday.

The NHL has already postponed 27 games this season due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The league also said on Sunday that it will announce a decision in the coming days regarding players participating in the Olympics. They have until Jan. 10 to opt out of the Olympics without financial penalties. It is "highly unlikely" that NHL players will go to the Olympics, league sources told ESPN.