NHL postpones Minnesota Wild games through Feb. 9

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Minnesota became the third team this week to postpone multiple games after the Wild added five players to the NHL's COVID Protocol Related Absence List. At the moment, the Wild have six players on the NHL's COVID-19 list, with Marcus Foligno placed on the list on Sunday.

Minnesota postponed Thursday night's game in Colorado, two home games against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday and Sunday, and the Feb. 9 game against the St. Louis Blues. The next scheduled game for the Wild is Feb. 11 in Minnesota against the Blues.

The Wild players were immediately isolated Wednesday and will return separately to Minnesota in a medical jet. The remaining team personnel will quarantine at the team hotel in Denver. The players and staff who test negative Thursday morning will fly home separately from the players who have entered the COVID-19 protocol.

The NHL released a statement that the league will review the Wild's schedule, and effective immediately, the team facilities at TRIA Rink have been closed until further notice.

"The team's training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain so until further notice," the NHL said in a statement. "The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Wild's regular-season schedule.

"The Wild organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.

Since the season started Jan. 13, the NHL has postponed 22 games, with about 90 players being designated to the league's COVID-19-protocol-related absences list during that time.

The New Jersey Devils, who currently have 17 players on the league's COVID-19 protocol list, and Buffalo Sabres also added players to the list on Wednesday, which brought the total number of players to 90 since the NHL season started on Jan. 13.