With its season hanging in the balance — at least for the time being — the National Hockey League canceled all of its morning skates, practices and team meetings on Thursday morning due to uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus.
The league will reportedly hold a conference call with its 31 clubs to decide what to do with the rest of its season after the National Basketball Association abruptly suspended its season upon learning Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. Gobert and the Jazz had played the Celtics at TD Garden on March 6, the night before the Bruins hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Bruins were scheduled to practice at Warrior Arena in Brighton at 11 a.m. then fly to Buffalo for Friday's scheduled game against the Sabres, but that game, and at least the 11 regular season games remaining after that one, appear now to be in serous jeopardy. One of those games scheduled was March 21 in San Jose against the Sharks that was going to be played without spectators, per mandate by local officials.
The next Bruins game at the Garden is currently scheduled for Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but changes are occurring by the minute.
Also, the Isobel Cup, the NWHL championship game between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps scheduled for Friday night at Warrior Arena, has been postponed.