AP -- The first month of the NHL season has been a bumpy one with eight teams placed on pause, 35 games postponed and 120 players landing on the COVID-19 list since Jan. 13. The tipping point came at the end of January after the Sabres and New Jersey Devils experienced outbreaks following a two-game series in Buffalo.

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The NHL has twice since upgraded its safety protocols, including the addition of daily game-day testing. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger welcomed the changes made after he spent 10 days battling what he called "moderately severe symptoms."

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