The NHL has postponed Islanders games through Tuesday, the league announced Saturday.
The Islanders have “up to eight” players in COVID-19 protocol, the team said in a statement.
That would account for two additional cases as of Saturday, with Josh Bailey having returned from protocol. Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston and Zdeno Chara are all in protocol.
The decision affects Sunday’s game at the Rangers and Tuesday’s contest at the Flyers.
“The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Islanders’ regular season schedule,” the NHL said in a statement. “The Islanders organization has followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.”
It added that the decision to postpone was made by the NHL in consultation with the Players’ Association and the Islanders’ medical groups.
The Islanders have lost eight games in a row, the latest being Friday night against the Penguins. They are 5-10-2.