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

Sporting News — (Jackie Spiegel)

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

Aside from the start date being pushed to Jan. 13, a number of players have 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 Friday. On Sunday, the Canucks cancelled 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 Dallas Stars and the statement noted that most of them "are asymptomatic and all of whom are currently recovering without complication." Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad confirmed on Jan. 11 that he missed the start of camp due to a positive COVID-19 test. On Jan. 13, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar revealed that Erik Johnson had tested positive.

Prior to the league's opening game on Wednesday, the NHL announced two players would miss the first game in what is being listed under COVID protocol-related absences. Players listed under this category did not necessarily test positive for coronavirus; it 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 on Jan. 14 at 6:48 p.m. ET

Anaheim Ducks

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Golden KnightsBen Hutton

Boston Bruins

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. DevilsKarson Kuhlman

Colorado Avalanche

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. BluesErik Johnson

Columbus Blue Jackets

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. PredatorsMikko Koivu

Detroit Red Wings

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. HurricanesChristian Djoos, Darren Helm

Edmonton Oilers

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. CanucksGaetan Haas, James Neal
Jan. 14 vs. CanucksGaetan Haas, James Neal

Los Angeles Kings

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. WildKurtis MacDermid, Cal Petersen, Sean Walker

Minnesota Wild

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. KingsAlex Stalock

Nashville Predators

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Blue JacketsMikael Granlund, Luca Sbisa

New York Rangers

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. IslandersJustin Richards

Philadelphia Flyers

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. PenguinsShayne Gostisbehere

Pittsburgh Penguins

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. FlyersKasperi Kapanen

San Jose Sharks

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. CoyotesMax Letunov

Vancouver Canucks

DATEPLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. OilersJordie Benn, J.T. Miller
Jan. 14 vs. OilersJordie Benn, J.T. Miller