NHL News: COVID Cases on the Rise in the NHL
In and out of COVID protocol
- Conor Ryan: A 10-day quarantine for Smith would mean he’d miss six games and not be eligible to return until December 27th.
- Ryan Pike: “For context, the #Flames have had positive tests spanning at least one player from every forward line and defensive pairing that played against Boston on Saturday night. So far.”
Sara Civ: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour on the players that are stuck in quarantine: “They’re not getting sick but they have to pay the price for it. It’s super frustrating, especially on the road.”
- Cory Lavalette: “The Hurricanes think they can use a medical emergency flight to maybe get Aho, Jarvis and the team staff home for Christmas. They’re working on it.”
Sara Civ: Brind’Amour continued: “This is the good thing about the vaccine, this was the whole point of the vaccination — the guys aren’t getting sick. We’ve done what we can do.”
Colorado Avalanche: Defenseman Devon Toews was put in COVID protocol.
Edmonton Oilers: Forward Ryan McLeod was put in COVID protocol.
Hurricanes – Wild game postponed
NHL Public Relations: “The National Hockey League announced that, as a results of four additional Carolina Hurricanes Players entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols earlier today, the team’s game tonight against the Minnesota Wild will be postponed. The decision was made following consultation by the NHL’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups. The League will provide a further update tomorrow.”