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Morning Skate: Delayed

A COVID postponement.

NHL: JAN 18 Hurricanes at Predators Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It is Wednesday, my dudes.

The NHL had its first inevitability of the 2021 season last night, as the Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes game was postponed due to COVID-19.

(You could argue that the Dallas Stars were actually the first inevitability, but they never actually got started. Semantics.)

Per our pals at Canes Country, five players on the Hurricanes have been placed on the NHL’s COVID list.

As you may remember, the NHL’s summer bubble went off without a hitch, with no COVID-related hiccups.

However, that was a bubble, and it also took place during a relative downtime in terms of the prevalence of the virus; it wasn’t gone, of course, just not as “surging” as it is now.

Hopefully the players, their families, and others they interacted with remain healthy. Unfortunately, this won’t be the last time this happens this season.

In Bruins news, the B’s return to practice today after an off day yesterday. They’ll be practicing at TD Garden, the first time the B’s skate on Garden ice since March of 2020.

Not much has happened since then, at least.

Today’s highlight

The Bruins played Tampa in that game back in March of 2020 (they lost, 5-3), which reminded me of this highlight, when Tuukka Rask chucked his skate blade across the ice.

Ah, simpler days.

Today’s discussion topic

I’m out of ideas. How far could you throw a skate blade?