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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 Jan. 27 at 5:37 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

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 at Golden Knights
Ben Hutton
Jan. 16 at Golden Knights
Ben Hutton

Boston Bruins

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 at Devils
Karson Kuhlman

Carolina Hurricanes

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 16 at Red Wings
Jordan Staal
Jan. 18 at Predators
Jordan Staal
Jan. 19 at Predators
Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen

Chicago Blackhawks

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 26 at Predators
Adam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat
Jan. 27 at Predators
Adam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat, Lucas Wallmark

Colorado Avalanche

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. Blues
Erik Johnson
Jan. 15 vs. Blues
Erik Johnson

Columbus Blue Jackets

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 at Predators
Mikko Koivu
Jan. 16 at Predators
Mikko Koivu
Jan. 18 at Red Wings
Mikko Koivu
Jan. 19 at Red Wings
Mikko Koivu
Jan. 21 vs. Lightning
Mikko Koivu
Jan. 23 vs. Lightning
Patrik Laine, Jack Roslovic

Dallas Stars

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 22 vs. Predators
Blake Comeau
Jan. 24 vs. Predators
Blake Comeau

Detroit Red Wings

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Hurricanes
Christian Djoos, Darren Helm
Jan. 16 vs. Hurricanes
Christian Djoos
Jan. 18 vs. Blue Jackets
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri
Jan. 19 vs. Blue Jackets
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri
Jan. 22 at Blackhawks
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 24 at Blackhawks
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 26 at Stars
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina

Edmonton Oilers

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. Canucks
Gaetan Haas, James Neal
Jan. 14 vs. Canucks
Gaetan Haas, James Neal

Florida Panthers

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 17 vs. Blackhawks
Markus Nutivaara
Jan. 19 vs. Blackhawks
Juho Lammikko

Los Angeles Kings

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Wild
Kurtis MacDermid, Cal Petersen, Sean Walker

Minnesota Wild

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 at Kings
Alex Stalock
Jan. 16 at Kings
Alex Stalock
Jan. 18 at Ducks
Alex Stalock
Jan. 18 at Ducks
Alex Stalock

Nashville Predators

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Blue Jackets
Mikael Granlund, Luca Sbisa
Jan. 16 vs. Blue Jackets
Mikael Granlund
Jan. 18 vs. Hurricanes
Mikael Granlund
Jan. 19 vs. Hurricanes
Mikael Granlund

New Jersey Devils

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 16 vs. Bruins
Eric Comrie
Jan. 19 at Rangers
Eric Comrie
Jan. 21 at Islanders
Mackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt
Jan. 24 vs. Islanders
Mackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt
Jan. 26 vs. Flyers
Mackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt

New York Rangers

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Islanders
Justin Richards

Philadelphia Flyers

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. Penguins
Shayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 15 vs. Penguins
Shayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 18 vs. Sabres
Shayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 19 vs. Sabres
Shayne Gostisbehere

Pittsburgh Penguins

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 at Flyers
Kasperi Kapanen
Jan. 15 at Flyers
Kasperi Kapanen

San Jose Sharks

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 at Coyotes
Max Letunov

Tampa Bay Lightning

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 21 at Blue Jackets
Curtis McElhinney
Jan. 23 at Blue Jackets
Curtis McElhinney

Vancouver Canucks

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 at Oilers
Jordie Benn, J.T. Miller
Jan. 14 at Oilers
Jordie Benn, J.T. Miller
Jan. 16 at Flames
Jordie Benn, J.T. Miller
Jan. 18 at Flames
Jordie Benn

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.

Washington Capitals

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 22 vs. Sabres
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 24 vs. Sabres
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 26 vs. Islanders
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov

Winnipeg Jets

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 18 at Maple Leafs
Anton Forsberg, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 19 at Senators
Anton Forsberg, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 21 at Senators
Anton Forsberg, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 23 vs. Senators
Pierre-Luc Dubois, Tucker Poolman
Jan. 24 vs. Oilers
Pierre-Luc Dubois; Tucker Poolman
Jan. 26 vs. Oilers
Pierre-Luc Dubois; Tucker Poolman

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