Hartley's Sports ShortsNewsSports Hartley’s Sports Shorts; Thursday, January 6th SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Thursday, Jan. 6th, 2022 Sports by Hartley Miller as of 12:05 a.m. Thursday, January 6th WHL: The Prince George Cougars will be idle this weekend as their home games against the Victoria Royals Friday and Saturday have been postponed. The Royals have been shut down for COVID-19 protocols with seven players on the list. The Western Hockey League announced today the postponement of four WHL Regular Season games. DETAILS | https://t.co/YtVSuLkAjj pic.twitter.com/MG6KkOjLRk — The WHL (@TheWHL) January 6, 2022 Both the (13-17-1-1) Cougars, who have lost their last five, and the (12-14-4) Royals have 28 points, tied for 7th in the Western Conference standings, three points behind the Vancouver Giants. The Cougars are 5-0 this season against the Royals. The WHL standings are right here. The PG Cougars regular season schedule is right here. Cat Scan podcast: LISTEN: Hartley’s Cat Scan with Mark Holick – January 5th, 2022https://t.co/f6tBrsSjqw pic.twitter.com/ep271AP31z — My Prince George Now (@mypgnow) January 5, 2022 BCHL: The (14-9-1-1) Prince George Spruce Kings visit the (15-10-2) Cranbrook Bucks Friday and Saturday before having a home game on Wednesday of next week against West Kelowna. The Spruce Kings had a scheduled Wednesday game (Jan 5th) against the Smoke Eaters in Trail postponed due to COVID-19 precautions. Prince George is 5th in points in the 9-team Interior Division. NEWS! We are excited to announce the commitment of F Adam Mendelson (03) for the 2022-23 season! Welcome to the Spruce Kings, Adam! DETAILS📝–> https://t.co/LHwLJMnZtl#TrueBlue • #Spruce50 pic.twitter.com/ylsc9IEkcy — Prince George Spruce Kings (@SpruceKings) January 5, 2022 The Spruce Kings regular season schedule is right here. The BCHL standings are right here. BC Elite Hockey League: (AAA) The U-18 Cariboo Cougars were scheduled to host the (6-12-0-2) South Island Royals Saturday and Sunday at Kin 1 but those games have been postponed. Cariboo is hoping to play Jan 15th and 16 against the (8-7-1-2) Okanagan Rockets in Kelowna. The (9-9-1-1) U-18 Cougars are in fifth place in the 10-team division while the Rockets are 6th. The U-18 Cariboo Cougars schedule is right here. NHL: (2 Wednesday games) Toronto 4 Edmonton 2 Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 3 There are 11 NHL games tonight (Thursday) but just two Canadian teams in action: Calgary at Tampa Bay and Winnipeg at Colorado. The (16-15-3) Vancouver Canucks, who are 8-0-1 under head coach Bruce Boudreau, host the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at 7:00. The Canucks schedule is right here or here. The NHL schedule is right here. The NHL standings are right here. NBA: Toronto Raptors 117 Milwaukee Bucks 111 The (18-17) Raptors, riding a 4-game winning streak, host the Utah Jazz Friday night (4:30 PT). The Raptors’ schedule is right here. The NBA standings are right here. NFL: In the aftermath of an in-game outburst against the Jets on Sunday, Antonio Brown accused the Buccaneers of engaging in an “ongoing cover-up” in a statement released Wednesday.https://t.co/rFSVfP6pUm — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 6, 2022 Week 18 to conclude the NFL regular season will have a pair of Saturday games: Kansas City at Denver (1:30 PT) and Dallas at Philadelphia (5:15) followed by 14 on Sunday. The 13-3 Green Packers have already clinched the top spot in the NFC and will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The NFL standings are right here. The NFL regular season schedule is right here. NFL odds are right here.