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NHL Shuts Down 2 More Teams for a Week Amid COVID Surge

Los jugadores y entrenadores de los Canadiens de Montreal miran desde el banquillo el encuentro frente a los Flyers de Filadelfia, disputado sin público el jueves 16 de diciembre de 2021 (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
Los jugadores y entrenadores de los Canadiens de Montreal miran desde el banquillo el encuentro frente a los Flyers de Filadelfia, disputado sin público el jueves 16 de diciembre de 2021 (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
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(AP) -- Postponements and coronavirus problems for the NHL are coming at a dizzying and disquieting pace not seen since earlier in the pandemic.

The league shut down two more teams through the Christmas holiday break on Friday, eager to avoid putting all 32 on pause amid worsening COVID-19 conditions across North America. A total of 20 NHL games have now been postponed, the majority of which have come in recent days, and roughly 10% of the 700-plus players are currently in the league's virus protocol.