The game between the Oilers and Montreal Canadiens will begin an hour behind arranged Thursday after Edmonton forward Jesse Puljujarvi was put in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

The league says the game will now begin at 8 p.m. ET to allow more time for analysis and conclusion of Oilers test outcomes.

The NHL has actually held off 35 games this season, however the 7 Canadian teams in the North Division have yet to see their schedule cut off.

Thursday's game is arranged to top a four-game road swing for the Oilers, who remained in Calgary on Saturday and Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday.

A gamer in the protocol does not necessarily have COVID-19.

Players can go in the procedure for unconfirmed tests, or if they are considered a close contact of someone who has actually checked favorable.

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