Jan 12: After the Devils placed Akira Schmid in the protocol yesterday, Mackenzie Blackwood has now joined him. The team is supposed to play the New York Islanders tomorrow and only have one healthy goaltender in the organization. Nico Daws is dealing with an injury at the AHL level, meaning Jon Gillies may end up with an EBUG partner for tomorrow night.
Jan 9: The New Jersey Devils have placed two more in the COVID protocol, adding Janne Kuokkanen and Damon Severson to a growing list of unavailable players. The pair join Jesper Bratt, Nathan Bastian, Andreas Johnsson, Pavel Zacha, Yegor Sharangovich, Mason Geertsen, and the injured Dougie Hamilton in the protocol, putting tomorrow night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in jeopardy. That game has now been officially postponed with a new date yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, in Edmonton, the Oilers have canceled today’s practice for precautionary reasons and Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reports that tomorrow’s game against the Ottawa Senators has been rescheduled to next weekend. The Senators were supposed to be in Winnipeg then, but with that game already postponed for attendance reasons, they’re free to return to Edmonton at that point. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet confirms that the game will be played on January 15.
The Oilers already have Brendan Perlini, Kailer Yamamoto, Connor McDavid, Derek Ryan, Josh Archibald, Slater Koekkoek, Evan Bouchard, Tyson Barrie, and Ilya Konovalov in the protocol, meaning more positive cases would leave them with an extremely depleted roster. Warren Foegele and Tyler Benson are the new players entering the protocol. After tomorrow, their next scheduled game wasn’t until the 20th, so fitting in a match against the Senators would seem to be no problem. That kind of rescheduling is likely to happen more often as the NHL tries to avoid falling too far behind, though with over 100 games already postponed that ship may have already sailed.