The Islanders had gone three days without an eighth positive COVID-19 test and it looked as if they were on the other side of their recent outbreak.
After Casey Cizikas tested positive on Saturday, the NHL announced it was postponing the Islanders’ next two games — at the Rangers on Sunday and at the Flyers on Tuesday. As of now, the Islanders are scheduled to return to action on Thursday at home against the Sharks, but that is subject to change.
Islanders president Lou Lamoriello said on a Zoom call with the media following the announcement that in addition to the players, three members of the organization had also tested positive.
The Islanders are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, and have played with a severely undermanned roster for the past week.
With the shutdown, the Islanders are not allowed to even come to their practice rink. Lamoriello said it was his understanding that, if the team tests negative for three days in a row, they will be able to practice the following day.