Blue Jackets, Canadiens shut down, 9 of 32 NHL teams paused

More than a quarter of NHL teams have been shut down through at least the weekend after the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens became the eighth and ninth to have activities paused because of several positive COVID-19 test results among players. The Blue Jackets had games set for Monday night at Buffalo and Thursday at home against the Sabres rescheduled, and the NHL postponed the New Jersey Devils’ game at the Pittsburgh Penguins set for Tuesday, bringing the total to 43 across the league this season. The league said Columbus was shut down because of “concern with the number of positive cases within the last several days as well concern for continued COVID spread.”