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Bruins’ Saturday game at Canadiens, Thursday game vs. Avalanche postponed

The Canadiens played in front of an empty arena on Thursday.Minas Panagiotakis/Getty

The Bruins’ Saturday game against the Canadiens in Montreal has been postponed, the NHL announced Friday.

There is no makeup date set.

Thursday’s game against the Avalanche at TD Garden has also been postponed because Colorado has been shut down through at least Dec. 26.

Boston is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and seven players and one staffer have entered protocols this week.

On Thursday, Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Oskar Steen and Jeremy Swayman joined Brad Marchand, Craig Smith and Patrice Bergeron in the league’s protocol.

The Bruins are scheduled to face the Senators in Ottawa on Sunday; the status of that game has yet to be determined. They are also scheduled to play the Hurricanes on Tuesday at TD Garden.

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The Canadiens will resume their schedule on Monday against the Islanders.

The Bruins were packed and prepared to head to Canada after their 3-1 loss to the Islanders in New York Thursday night.

On Thursday night in Montreal, the Canadiens beat the Flyers in an empty Bell Centre after Quebec public health officials asked the team to not allow fans to attend the game.

Julian Benbow of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her @k8tmac.