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NHL COVID-19 case tracker: Updated list of players to miss games during 2021 season

NHL COVID-19 case tracker: Updated list of players to miss games during 2021 season

Before the puck dropped on the 2021 NHL season, the league had already been impacted by COVID-19.

Aside from the start date being pushed to Jan. 13, a number of players tested positive and four teams had training camps suspended for at least one day or a large number of players miss time. The Stars shut down their camp on Jan. 9 after it was revealed six players and two staff members tested positive. The Penguins canceled training camp the same day, while the Blue Jackets had 19 players miss training camp on Jan. 8. On Jan. 10, the Canucks canceled practice “out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure to COVID-19.”

The day before the season was set to begin, the NHL announced that 27 players had tested positive during training camp. Of those, 17 players were members of the Stars. The league’s statement noted that most of the players were “asymptomatic” and were “recovering without complication.” Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad confirmed on Jan. 11 that he missed the start of camp because of a positive COVID-19 test. On Jan. 13, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar revealed that defenseman Erik Johnson had tested positive.

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Prior to the league’s opening game on Wednesday, the NHL announced two players would miss the first game with what was listed as COVID protocol-related absences. Players listed under this category may not have necessarily tested positive for coronavirus; placing them on the list could be a precautionary move.

Per the NHL’s press release, the reason a player is listed as “unavailable” due to COVID protocols includes: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons.

The NHL will release names prior to every game.

NHL players out of games because of COVID-19

Updated April 8 at 5:32 p.m. ET

Note: The NHL’s COVID protocol-related absence list includes players who miss practices and games. Below is a listing of games missed. Names are released by the NHL at 5 p.m. local time.

Anaheim Ducks

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 at Golden KnightsBen Hutton
Jan. 16 at Golden KnightsBen Hutton
March 24 at WildDanton Heinen, Ben Hutton, Jacob Larsson, Anthony Stolarz
March 26 at BluesAlexander Volkov
March 28 at BluesAlexander Volkov
March 29 at BluesAlexander Volkov

Arizona Coyotes

DATEPLAYER
Feb. 12 vs. BluesJohn Hayden
Feb. 13 vs. BluesJohn Hayden
Feb. 27 vs. AvalancheJohn Hayden

Boston Bruins

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 at DevilsKarson Kuhlman
March 3 vs. CapitalsCharlie Coyle
March 13 vs. RangersJake DeBrusk
March 18 at SabresSean Kuraly
March 25 vs. IslandersJake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly
March 27 vs. SabresJake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand
March 29 vs. DevilsJake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand
March 30 vs. DevilsJake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly
April 1 vs. PenguinsJake DeBrusk
April 3 vs. PenguinsJake DeBrusk
April 5 vs. FlyersJaroslav Halak
April 6 at FlyersJaroslav Halak
April 8 at CapitalsJaroslav Halak

Buffalo Sabres

DATEPLAYER
Feb. 16 vs. IslandersCasey Mittelstadt

Carolina Hurricanes

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 16 at Red WingsJordan Staal
Jan. 18 at PredatorsJordan Staal
Jan. 19 at PredatorsWarren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen
Jan. 28 vs. LightningJesper Fast, Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen
Jan. 30 vs. StarsJesper Fast
Jan. 31 vs. StarsJesper Fast

Chicago Blackhawks

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 26 at PredatorsAdam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat
Jan. 27 at PredatorsAdam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat, Lucas Wallmark
Jan. 29 vs. Blue JacketsAdam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat, Lucas Wallmark
Jan. 31 vs. Blue JacketsNicolas Beaudin, Adam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Alex DeBrincat, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 2 vs. HurricanesAdam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 4 vs. HurricanesAdam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 7 at StarsAdam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 9 at StarsRyan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 11 vs. Blue JacketsRyan Carpenter

Colorado Avalanche

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. BluesErik Johnson
Jan. 15 vs. BluesErik Johnson
Feb. 14 at Golden KnightsSamuel Girard, Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog
Feb. 16 at Golden KnightsSamuel Girard, Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog, Hunter Miska
March 5 vs. DucksDennis Gilbert
March 6 vs. DucksDennis Gilbert

Columbus Blue Jackets

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 at PredatorsMikko Koivu
Jan. 16 at PredatorsMikko Koivu
Jan. 18 at Red WingsMikko Koivu
Jan. 19 at Red WingsMikko Koivu
Jan. 21 vs. LightningMikko Koivu
Jan. 23 vs. LightningPatrik Laine, Jack Roslovic
Jan. 29 at BlackhawksPatrik Laine
Jan. 31 at BlackhawksPatrik Laine
March 20 at HurricanesAlexandre Texier

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Dallas Stars

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 22 vs. PredatorsBlake Comeau
Jan. 24 vs. PredatorsBlake Comeau
Jan. 31 at HurricanesAndrej Sekera
Feb. 2 at Blue JacketsAndrej Sekera
April 3 at HurricanesAnton Khudobin
April 4 at HurricanesAnton Khudobin

Detroit Red Wings

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. HurricanesChristian Djoos, Darren Helm
Jan. 16 vs. HurricanesChristian Djoos
Jan. 18 vs. Blue JacketsAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri
Jan. 19 vs. Blue JacketsAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri
Jan. 22 at BlackhawksAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 24 at BlackhawksAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 26 at StarsAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 28 at StarsAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 30 vs. PanthersAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 31 vs. PanthersAdam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Feb. 3 at LightningFilip Zadina
Feb. 13 at PredatorsCalvin Pickard
Feb. 28 at BlackhawksPatrik Nemeth

Edmonton Oilers

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. CanucksGaetan Haas, James Neal
Jan. 14 vs. CanucksGaetan Haas, James Neal
Feb. 11 at CanadiensJesse Puljujarvi
March 10 vs. SenatorsKyle Turris
March 12 vs. SenatorsKyle Turris
March 13 at CanucksKyle Turris
March 15 at FlamesKyle Turris

Florida Panthers

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 17 vs. BlackhawksMarkus Nutivaara
Jan. 19 vs. BlackhawksJuho Lammikko
Feb. 11 vs. LightningAnthony Duclair

Los Angeles Kings

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. WildKurtis MacDermid, Cal Petersen, Sean Walker
Jan. 28 at WildAndreas Athanasiou
Feb. 2 vs. DucksAndreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 5 at Golden KnightsAndreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 7 at Golden KnightsAndreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 9 vs. SharksAndreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 11 vs. SharksAndreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
March 10 at DucksCal Petersen
March 12 at AvalancheOlli Maatta
March 14 at AvalancheOlli Maatta
March 29 at Golden KnightsBrendan Lemieux
March 31 at Golden KnightsBrendan Lemieux
April 3 vs. SharksBrendan Lemieux, Matt Roy
April 5 vs. CoyotesMatt Roy
April 7 vs. CoyotesMatt Roy

Minnesota Wild

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 at KingsAlex Stalock
Jan. 16 at KingsAlex Stalock
Jan. 18 at DucksAlex Stalock
Jan. 18 at DucksAlex Stalock
Jan. 31 vs. AvalancheMarcus Foligno
Feb. 2 at AvalancheMarcus Foligno
Feb. 16 at KingsJonas Brodin, Brad Hunt, Victor Rask, Carson Soucy, Cam Talbot
Feb. 18 at DucksAndrew Hammond
Feb. 20 at DucksAndrew Hammond
March 24 vs. DucksZach Parise
March 25 vs. BluesZach Parise
March 29 at SharksZach Parise
March 31 at SharksZach Parise
April 1 at Golden KnightsZach Parise

Montreal Canadiens

DATEPLAYER
March 30 vs. OilersJoel Armia, Eric Staal
April 1 at SenatorsJoel Armia, Eric Staal
April 3 vs. SenatorsJoel Armia, Eric Staal
April 5 vs. OilersJoel Armia
April 7 vs. OilersJoel Armia
April 8 vs. JetsJoel Armia

March 22: The game scheduled against the Oilers was postponed after Joel Armia and Jesperi Kotkaniemi were placed in COVID-19 protocols.

Nashville Predators

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Blue JacketsMikael Granlund, Luca Sbisa
Jan. 16 vs. Blue JacketsMikael Granlund
Jan. 18 vs. HurricanesMikael Granlund
Jan. 19 vs. HurricanesMikael Granlund
March 2 vs. HurricanesRyan Johansen
March 9 at HurricanesErik Haula

New Jersey Devils

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 16 vs. BruinsEric Comrie
Jan. 19 at RangersEric Comrie
Jan. 21 at IslandersMackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt
Jan. 24 vs. IslandersMackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt
Jan. 26 vs. FlyersMackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt
Jan. 28 vs. FlyersMackenzie Blackwood, Aaron Dell
Jan. 30 at SabresMackenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Travis Zajac
Jan. 31 at SabresMackenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, Travis Zajac
Feb. 16 at RangersNico Hischier, Dmitry Kulikov, Travis Zajac
Feb. 17 at BruinsNico Hischier
March 11 at IslandersWill Butcher
March 13 vs. IslandersWill Butcher
March 14 vs. IslandersWill Butcher

New York Islanders

DATEPLAYER
March 14 at DevilsNoah Dobson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau
March 16 at. CapitalsNoah Dobson
March 18 vs. FlyersNoah Dobson
March 20 vs. FlyersNoah Dobson
March 22 at FlyersNoah Dobson

New York Rangers

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. IslandersJustin Richards
Feb. 1 vs. PenguinsKaapo Kakko
Feb. 12 vs. BruinsFilip Chytil
Feb. 16 vs. DevilsFilip Chytil
Feb. 18 at FlyersFilip Chytil
Feb. 20 at CapitalsFilip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko
Feb. 24 at FlyersKaapo Kakko, K’Andre Miller
Feb. 26 vs. BruinsKaapo Kakko
Feb. 28 vs. BruinsKaapo Kakko
March 15 vs. FlyersPavel Buchnevich, Phillip Di Giuseppe,  Adam Fox
March 17 vs. FlyersPhillip Di Giuseppe
March 19 at CapitalsPhillip Di Giuseppe
March 20 at CapitalsPhillip Di Giuseppe
March 22 vs. SabresPhillip Di Giuseppe, Brett Howden
March 25 at FlyersBrett Howden
March 27 at FlyersBrett Howden
March 28 at CapitalsBrett Howden
March 30 vs. CapitalsBrett Howden
April 1 vs. SabresBrett Howden

March 17: Rangers announce the coaching staff (David Quinn, Jacques Marin, David Oliver and Greg Brown) are unavailable for the game against the Flyers due to COVID-19 protocols. The club’s AHL head coach Kris Knoblauch and associate head coach Gord Murphy will work the bench alongside Rangers associate GM Chris Drury.

Ottawa Senators

DATEPLAYER
Feb. 15 at Maple LeafsRyan Dzingel
Feb. 17 at Maple LeafsRyan Dzingel
Feb. 18 at Maple LeafsRyan Dzingel
Feb. 21 vs. CanadiensRyan Dzingel
Feb. 25 vs. FlamesRyan Dzingel
Feb. 27 vs. FlamesRyan Dzingel
April 3 at CanadiensJacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto
April 5 at JetsJacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto
April 7 vs. OilersJacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto
April 8 vs. OilersJacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto

Philadelphia Flyers

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. PenguinsShayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 15 vs. PenguinsShayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 18 vs. SabresShayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 19 vs. SabresShayne Gostisbehere
Feb. 7 at CapitalsTravis Sanheim
Feb. 18 vs. RangersJustin Braun, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek
Feb. 21 at BruinsJustin Braun, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek
Feb. 24 vs. RangersTravis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek
Feb. 27 at SabresTravis Konecny
March 4 at PenguinsJoel Farabee

Pittsburgh Penguins

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 at FlyersKasperi Kapanen
Jan. 15 at FlyersKasperi Kapanen
March 2 vs. FlyersSidney Crosby
March 6 vs. FlyersColton Sceviour
March 7 vs. RangersColton Sceviour
March 27 vs. IslandersMark Jankowski, Brandon Tanev

San Jose Sharks

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 at CoyotesMax Letunov
Feb. 27 vs. BluesTomas Hertl
March 1 vs. AvalancheTomas Hertl
March 5 vs. Golden KnightsTomas Hertl, Marcus Sorensen
March 6 vs. Golden KnightsTomas Hertl, Marcus Sorensen
March 8 vs. BluesTomas Hertl, Marcus Sorensen
March 12 at DucksMarcus Sorensen
March 13 at DucksMarcus Sorensen

St. Louis Blues

DATEPLAYER
Feb. 20 vs. SharksSammy Blais
March 20 at SharksZach Sanford

Tampa Bay Lightning

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 21 at Blue JacketsCurtis McElhinney
Jan. 23 at Blue JacketsCurtis McElhinney
Jan. 28 at HurricanesCurtis McElhinney
Feb. 13 at PanthersSteven Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs

DATEPLAYER
April 7 vs. CanadiensWilliam Nylander

Vancouver Canucks

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 at OilersJordie Benn, J.T. Miller
Jan. 14 at OilersJordie Benn, J.T. Miller
Jan. 16 at FlamesJordie Benn, J.T. Miller
Jan. 18 at FlamesJordie Benn
March 24 vs. JetsTravis Boyd
March 31 vs. Flames*Adam Gaudette

*At 9 p.m. the NHL announced this game was postponed when a second player was added to the list after it was released at 5:00 p.m. ET. It was also announced that a member of the coaching staff also entered the NHL’s COVID protocols.

Vegas Golden Knights

Jan. 26: The team announces the coaching staff will be self-isolating and will miss, at minimum, the game later against the Blues. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports there is at least one positive test among the group. GM Kelly McCrimmon and members of the AHL team’s coaching staff will work with him.

DATEPLAYER
Feb. 5 vs. KingsAlex Pietrangelo
Feb. 11 vs. DucksTomas Nosek
Feb. 13 at SharksTomas Nosek
Feb. 14 vs. AvalancheTomas Nosek
Feb. 16 vs. AvalancheTomas Nosek
Feb. 20 at AvalancheTomas Nosek
Feb. 22 at AvalancheTomas Nosek

Washington Capitals

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 22 vs. SabresEvgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 24 vs. SabresEvgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 26 vs. IslandersEvgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 28 vs. IslandersEvgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 30 vs. BruinsEvgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov
Feb. 1 vs. BruinsEvgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov
Feb. 4 at RangersEvgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov
Feb. 7 vs. FlyersEvgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov, Jakub Vrana

Winnipeg Jets

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 18 at Maple LeafsAnton Forsberg, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 19 at SenatorsAnton Forsberg, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 21 at SenatorsAnton Forsberg, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 23 vs. SenatorsPierre-Luc Dubois, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 24 vs. OilersPierre-Luc Dubois, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 26 vs. OilersPierre-Luc Dubois, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 30 vs. CanucksPierre-Luc Dubois
Feb. 1 vs. FlamesPierre-Luc Dubois
Feb. 2 vs. FlamesPierre-Luc Dubois
Feb. 4 vs. FlamesPierre-Luc Dubois

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