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The Boston Bruins are set to miss at least the next two games after four additional players entered the league's COVID protocols.
The NHL announced on Friday that it had postponed the Bruins games on March 20 vs. Buffalo and March 23 vs. the New York Islanders.
The Bruins played the Sabres on Thursday night in what was supposed to be the first meeting of a doubleheader in Buffalo. Prior to the game, Bruins forward Sean Kuraly entered the protocol, but the contest went on as scheduled. The team released a statement on Friday, following the news.
"The National Hockey League announced today, that as a result of four additional Boston Bruins Players entering the NHL's COVID Protocols earlier today, the team's games tomorrow against the Buffalo Sabres and Tuesday versus the New York Islanders will be postponed. Pending test results in the coming days, it is expected that the Bruins will be able to re-open their facilities for practice on Wednesday, Mar. 24.
"The decision was made by the League's, NHLPA's and Club's medical groups. The Bruins' organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies," the statement said.
Saturday's game was supposed to see a limited number of fans at First Niagara Center in Buffalo for the first time this season.