Saturday’s NHL game between Canadiens and Bruins at Montreal’s Bell Centre postponed

The Montreal Canadiens’ home game against the Boston Bruins scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.

The NHL announced the decision Friday morning.

No reason for the postponement was given, but the Canadiens played Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers without fans inside the Bell Centre at the request of Quebec health authorities due to the “spiralling rise of COVID-19 cases in the region.”

The Bruins are also dealing with a coronavirus outbreak that has seen six players placed into the league’s protocol. A total of 11 games have been postponed by the NHL this season, including six this week.

The Calgary Flames have seen four of their contests scratched since Monday with 19 players and 13 members of the team’s staff in protocol.

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Boston’s next game is scheduled for Sunday in Ottawa against the Senators. Montreal is set resume action Monday on the road against the New York Islanders.

The Canadiens said Thursday after announcing their game against the Flyers would be played in an empty building that the organization has been assured it will be allowed return to partial capacity at the Bell Centre beginning in January.

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