Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: NJ Devils postpone games through Feb. 6 due to COVID

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- The NHL announced that as a result of four additional Devils players being added to the COVID Protocol Absence list, the team's games have been postponed through at least Saturday, Feb. 6.

As a precaution, the Devils facilities are closed to all players on the active roster, effective immediately, and it will remain that way until further notice.

The league is reviewing and revising the team's regular-season schedule.

The Devils COVID Protocol list now includes Mackenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, Pavel Zacha, and Travis Zajac.

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