Cliff Notes: COVID issues arrive on Seattle hockey scene

by Cliff Gibson

This post was initially published in The Cliff Notes by CSN contributor Cliff Gibson.

The NHL currently has about 10 percent of its players in the league’s COVID protocol, so it was bound to happen at some point. Today, the club announced Sunday’s game between the Seattle Kraken and Toronto Maple Leafs has been postponed, as the Leafs have been hit hard with COVID in the last few days. It is the first game at Climate Pledge Arena to be affected.

Seattle has one more game already postponed – a Dec. 23 matchup at Calgary – and there’s no telling how many more might be affected as the league continues to deal with outbreaks among several teams.

The postponed game against Toronto was part of a back-to-back for the Kraken, who is scheduled to host Edmonton tonight at CPA. Seattle (10-16-3) is currently 15th in the Western Conference with 23 points, two points behind Chicago and five behind Dallas, but has shown improvement with a 4-4-2 mark over their last 10 contests.

Seattle has a Dec. 27 game scheduled at Vancouver, but it appears to be in jeopardy as well as the Canucks are one of the NHL teams hit the hardest by COVID. Vancouver has postponed both of its games this weekend, so it’s safe to say Kraken fans may be seeing more changes soon.

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