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The Sabres have been shut down by the NHL through at least Monday because of COVID-19 issues, and they believe the Devils are the reason for it after the two teams played each other on Saturday and Sunday.
The Athletic reported Buffalo is “furious,” believing the virus was passed along during the games, and that they weren’t given proper information about an opponent that was dealing with the virus. Devils winger Kyle Palmieri went on the COVID-19 protocol list Sunday, a day after facing the Sabres. The Devils have also been shut down.
Things got even worse for the Sabres Thursday as the team announced head coach Ralph Krueger tested positive for COVID-19.
Though NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Athletic the league has seen “no definitive evidence of cross-team transmission,” Daly said the league is “not ruling it out.”
Buffalo has now had two games apiece against the Islanders and Bruins postponed. The Devils are scheduled to next face the Penguins on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
On Tuesday, Buffalo placed Taylor Hall and Rasmus Ristolainen on the protocol list. The Devils put Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, Damon Severson, Ty Smith and Matt Tennyson on the list as well that day. They joined Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, Pavel Zacha and Travis Zajac, who were already on the list.