Minnesota Wild’s Next Four Games Postponed By NHL After COVID-19 Outbreak

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The NHL has announced that, due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Minnesota Wild won’t be playing for a while, as the league has postponed the team’s next four games.

Minnesota was scheduled to take the ice Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, but that will be the first postponed game for the Wild.

Saturday and Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes at home have also been postponed, along with the team’s scheduled game Tuesday at home against the St. Louis Blues.

The league is hopeful that they can make up the games, and one opportunity to do so will come later in the month when the Wild have a five-day break from the 21st to the 25th of February.

Minnesota placed five players on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday: Nick Bjugstad, Joel Eriksson Ek, Nick Bonino, Marcus Johansson, and Jared Spurgeon. Marcus Foligno had already been put on the COVID list on January 31st.

While in the COVID protocols, players cannot practice, play or travel with the team. Right now, the Wild’s facility is closed, and the NHL is reviewing and revising the team’s remaining schedule.

The Wild have played 11 games this season and sit at 6-5. They are the sixth NHL team to be shut down by the league this season due to the COVID-19 virus.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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