One of the two games left this week has been postponed, as the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers will no longer play Tuesday night. The decision was made after more COVID-related issues for the Capitals. Washington also canceled Tuesday’s media availability. Daniel Sprong and Justin Schultz were pulled from the group in the morning and are undergoing further testing. 

Tuesday’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights is now the last one before the holiday break, though Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff tweets that game also may be in danger of postponement.

The Capitals were already going to play the game without top options like T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, while the Flyers lost Kevin Hayes to the protocol just Monday. The fact that the game was still scheduled despite the extended holiday break was perhaps the most surprising thing, but both teams will now head into the break a little earlier than expected.

Washington is now set to resume on Dec. 27 against the Ottawa Senators. The Flyers meanwhile will be off until Dec. 29, when they’ll travel to Seattle to take on the Kraken. That gives the Flyers even more time to recover from injury and try to reset their season.

The NHL has now postponed 50 games, 45 of those coming since Dec. 13.

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