The St. Louis Blues were disappointed to not be able to play their second game of the two-game series against the Vegas Golden Knights. While it was understood it was due to covid protocols, there was only one player on that list.
The entire point of the taxi squad was to have those players removed and to carry on. Perhaps the worry was, since the player was a prominent Alex Pietrangelo, that he had been around too many people to possibly not infect them IF he had something. It should be noted that when the original announcement was made, Pietrangelo had not be declared as having a positive test, but merely entering the protocol list.
Regardless, the Blues were coming off a good performance against one of the league darlings. It was a solid win against a Stanley Cup contender that many had worried would blow the Blues out of the water. St. Louis wanted to keep that momentum going through the next game.
The Blues had no issues after the postponement, in terms of players having to enter their own protocol. So, St. Louis was able to get a two-game sweep over Anaheim and run their win streak total to three.
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Now, they know when that lost game will be made up. The NHL announced that the game has been rescheduled for Monday, March 22.
It will be a 9 pm puck drop, St. Louis time. The game, of course, will be played in Vegas.
The NHL ended up doing a bit of shuffling beyond just the reschedule of the Blues and Golden Knights too.
St. Louis’ game in San Jose, originally scheduled for February 26, has been moved to March 8. It will be a 9:30 Central Time puck drop.
For those wondering why the Vegas game was not put into that spot, the Golden Knights have games against Minnesota on March 8 and 10. Still, the change of the Sharks game is a bit puzzling.
The only thing that might make sense is to simply break up some of the games. If the Sharks game was left on the 26th, the Blues would have had five straight weekends of back-to-back games.
The change also keeps the Blues playing, while maintaining some off days. The way the schedule had been done, St. Louis would have had eight games in 12 days, then five days off and then right back at it with a back-to-back at home against Vegas.
This way, St. Louis keeps their edge, but maintains some days off. Often times, players say they’d rather keep playing, even though the body might need a break, just so they don’t get that layoff hangover, so to speak.
Blues @ San Jose March 8, 9:30
Blues @ Vegas March 22, 9