Update: After an uncertain morning, tonight’s Bruins game against the Sabres looks like it will go on as scheduled. The Bruins provided an update via their Twitter with the news.
UPDATE: After further testing and contact tracing, as of now, tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres will go on as scheduled.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 18, 2021
The Sabres also posted the same update, both with the key phrasing, “as of now.”
The confusion and rumblings started after the Bruins announced this morning that their morning skate had been canceled due to one of the players entering the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.
UPDATE: Today’s pregame skate at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY has been cancelled due to a Bruins player entering the league’s COVID-19 protocols.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 18, 2021
That came after the Sabres also canceled their pregame skate due to a team staff member entering the same protocols.
The Sabres canceled their morning skate in response to a hockey staff member entering Covid protocols.— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) March 18, 2021
No determination has been made about the game tonight against the Bruins.https://t.co/Bae3NpRjJe
Shortly thereafter, John Shannon of Sportsnet tweeted that the game had been postponed, only to then say it hadn't officially been postponed and the game was still on.
As you may remember, the Sabres shut their facilities down in February when they had several players placed on the COVID-19 list, resulting in the postponement of six games, including two with the Bruins.
At this point, it is fair to say that the universe does not want the Bruins to play the Sabres.
The B's recently had a few COVID-19 scares of their own, but both ended up being false positives.
Better safe than sorry, especially for a team like Buffalo, who's already been hit pretty hard by all of this.
We’ll keep you posted if the status of tonight's game changes.
Sean Kuraly will not be playing in tonight’s game due to COVID protocols.