The Vancouver Canucks game against the New York Islanders has been postponed. That game was supposed to take place on January 5.
On Thursday, Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman reported that the Canucks games on January 5 against the New York Islanders and January 8 against the Ottawa Senators were likely going to be postponed.
On Friday afternoon, Patrick Johnston of The Province and The Vancouver Sun first reported that the game against the Islanders was postponed.
The league made the official announcement shortly after. The Canucks game against the Islanders was one of nine games that were postponed. The Islanders games in Edmonton and Calgary have also been postponed.
All but one of the games postponed are games in Canadian cities and the games were postponed due to capacity restrictions.
For now, Vancouver’s game against the Senators will go ahead as planned. The club also put out a statement after the annoucement.
“Fans should hold onto their tickets as they will be honoured for the rescheduled date, which will be communicated as soon as it is confirmed,” said the statement. “The league is in the process of reviewing and revising its regular season schedule. The Vancouver Canucks have followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of their Players, staff and communities at large as set by the NHL and local health authorities.”
So that is now six Vancouver games postponed.
After starting the season with 100% capacity, the team announced their games would be limited to 50% capacity on December 17 due to provincial health guidelines.
The other Canadian teams have had capacity limits and have had games postponed as well. The Montreal Canadiens are not going to have fans in the Bell Centre until further notice and the Winnipeg Jets won’t have fans until at least January 11.
The Canucks next game will be on Saturday where they are in Seattle to take on the Kraken. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM.