NHL·JAN 9 COVID ROUNDUP

Oilers add 2 more players to protocol, game vs. Senators rescheduled

The National Hockey League has postponed two games due to COVID-related issues affecting the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils.

Game now set to be played in Edmonton on Saturday

Warren Foegele of the Edmonton Oilers, shown in this Dec. 31, 2021 file photo during a game against New Jersey, was added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list on Sunday. The Oilers and Devils both had games affected by coronavirus-related issues. (File/Getty Images)

The latest sports news:

  • Oilers' Foegele, Benson enter NHL's COVID-19 protocol
  • Shaun White pulls out of Olympic qualifier due to lingering symptoms: report
  • Arthur Blank tests positive, will miss 1st game as Falcons owner

The National Hockey League has postponed two games due to COVID-related issues affecting the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils.

Edmonton's home game against the Ottawa Senators on Monday will now be played Saturday at Rogers Place, the league said in a statement.

A new date for Monday's game between the Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning has yet to be determined.

The Oilers placed forwards Warren Foegele and Tyler Benson in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Sunday, a day after adding five teammates and six members of the team's support staff to the list.

A team practice on Sunday was cancelled, the Oilers said.

The Senators, meanwhile, have played one game – a 6-0 loss to Toronto on Jan. 1 – since Dec. 18. Ottawa won't return to the ice until Thursday night in Calgary.

White withdraws from key event

Shaun White's withdrawal from a key Olympic qualifying event came after he experienced lingering COVID-19 symptoms, including fatigue and shortness of breath, The Associated Press has learned.

A person familiar with White's decision told The AP that White's withdrawal from Saturday night's U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain does not impact his plans to compete in Beijing next month. The person requested anonymity because White has not publicly disclosed the reason for his withdrawal.

Last week, White revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19 in December but had been cleared to ride in Mammoth Mountain and was on the mend. White, who had asthma as a child, said the virus was like "a lingering cold."

White joined champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin and skater Alysa Liu on the list of high-profile Olympic hopefuls to contract COVID-19 in the lead-up to the games.

This marked the latest setback for the 35-year-old White, who is hoping to compete in his fifth Olympics.

Falcons owner Blank tests positive

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, making it the first contest he won't see in person since he bought the team in 2002.

The Falcons said he will watch the game from home and won't be on hand at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team added Blank, 79, is fully vaccinated and had a booster shot.

He "is doing well and is in great spirits, experiencing only mild symptoms at this time," the team said in a news release, adding the "entire Falcons team is fully vaccinated."

With files from The Associated Press and Field Level Media

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