Second Flyer tests positive for COVID-19, game postponed

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The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday afternoon the scheduled game between the Flyers and the Washington Capitals in Washington, D.C. has been postponed.

The game was called off due to COVID-19 concerns after the NHL said a second, unnamed player had tested positive for the virus.

The Flyers’ Travis Sanheim already was put into protocol on Sunday morning and did not participate in the Flyers’ 7-4 win over the Capitals at Capital One Arena.

Sanheim also was not projected in the lineup for Tuesday night’s game before the postponement.

No new reschedule date for the game was announced.

The Flyers will have up to a week off now because the upcoming two games vs. the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center also have been postponed due to the pandemic.

No new dates for those games have been announced.

In a press release, the NHL said: “The National Hockey League announced today that as a result of a second Philadelphia Flyers player entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols earlier today, the team’s game tonight against the Washington Capitals will be postponed. The decision was made by the league’s, NHLPA’s and club’s medical groups out of an abundance of caution while the league continues to analyze test results in the coming days.’’

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher, coach Alain Vigneault and Flyers players were not made available for comment.

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