The Buffalo Sabres are the latest NHL team to be shut down because of players in COVID protocol.

The league has announced the Sabres are shut down through at least Feb. 8 after two players were added to the COVID-19 protocol list. Buffalo played New Jersey twice over the weekend, and the Devils are off through at least Feb. 6 with 10 players on the list.

Buffalo’s game at he New York Islanders scheduled for Tuesday was already postponed. This move postpones three additional games, bringing the NHL’s total to 18 so far.

The Bruins were supposed to play at home against Buffalo on Saturday and Monday, but those games have been postponed.


STARS 6, BLUE JACKETS 3: Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist, rookie Jake Oettinger made 23 saves and Dallas beat host Columbus.


Pavelski, a 15-year NHL veteran, was in the right place at the right time to tip in a pair of long shots by John Klingberg, and then delivered the pass that set up Jamie Benn’s second-period goal as the Stars snapped a two-game skid.

CANADIENS 5, CANUCKS 3: Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson each scored twice, and host Montreal celebrated captain Shea Weber’s 1,000th game with a win over Vancouver.

The Canadiens swept a two-game set with Vancouver and moved a point ahead of idle Toronto into first place in the North Division. Eight of Toffoli’s nine goals this season have come against the Canucks.

BLUES 4, COYOTES 3: Ryan O’Reilly and Vince Dunn scored to lead host St. Louis to its fourth straight win.

Justin Faulk and Mike Hoffman also scored for the Blues, who outshot Arizona 31-22 after being outshot 11-1 in the first 11 minutes of the game.

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves for Arizona, which has not won consecutive games this season.


HURRICANES 4, BLACKHAWKS 3: Andrei Svechnikov scored in regulation and again in the shootout as Carolina won at Chicago.

Warren Foegele had a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup, helping Carolina win for the sixth time in its first seven games. Vincent Trocheck also scored, and captain Jordan Staal had two assists.

Svechnikov had the only successful attempt in the shootout, closing out the victory after James Reimer turned away Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome for Chicago.

JETS 3, FLAMES 2: Nikolaj Ehlers’ first-period goal was the eventual winner as Winnipeg beat visiting Calgary.

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