The Islanders are playing host to the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday. Due to concerns of spreading coronavirus, players will be made available after the game outside the dressing room, rather than at a traditional postgame scrum.
The Devils and Rangers are set to play at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m., but as of yet, neither team has announced plans to limit media access.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the NHL would close all dressing rooms to the media on recommendation from the Center of Disease Control. However, The Post's Peter Botte reports that the league will leave that decision up to the teams, and the Islanders have chosen to hold all media availability outside the dressing room, at least for Saturday.
The decision comes as the sports world is weighing options on how to do handle increasing coronavirus fears. The NBA is also considering limiting media access to locker rooms. On Friday, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that teams "should be preparing to play games without fans in attendance and identifying "essential staff" present for these games -- should it be necessary."