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NHL Cutting Isolation Time to 5 Days, Change Applies in US

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl celebrates with Jayden Halbgewachs (89), Mario Ferraro (38), Noah Gregor (73) and Brent Burns (88) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 8-7 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl celebrates with Jayden Halbgewachs (89), Mario Ferraro (38), Noah Gregor (73) and Brent Burns (88) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 8-7 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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(AP) -- The NHL is following other leagues and U.S. government guidance by cutting COVID-19 isolation times for players and personnel to five days under certain conditions and where it is allowed by local laws.

The change went into effect Wednesday and applies only in the U.S. because of stricter pandemic regulations in Canada. The league has 25 teams based in the U.S. and seven in Canada; earlier this week, the NHL postponed nine games in Canada because of attendance limits imposed by provincial governments.