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

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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 May 4 at 5:28 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
March 24 at Wild
Danton Heinen, Ben Hutton, Jacob Larsson, Anthony Stolarz
March 26 at Blues
Alexander Volkov
March 28 at Blues
Alexander Volkov
March 29 at Blues
Alexander Volkov
April 26 at Kings
Adam Henrique
April 30 vs. Kings
Adam Henrique
May 1 vs. Kings
Adam Henrique

Arizona Coyotes

DATE
PLAYER
Feb. 12 vs. Blues
John Hayden
Feb. 13 vs. Blues
John Hayden
Feb. 27 vs. Avalanche
John Hayden
May 1 vs. Golden Knights
John Hayden

Boston Bruins

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 at Devils
Karson Kuhlman
March 3 vs. Capitals
Charlie Coyle
March 13 vs. Rangers
Jake DeBrusk
March 18 at Sabres
Sean Kuraly
March 25 vs. Islanders
Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly
March 27 vs. Sabres
Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand
March 29 vs. Devils
Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand
March 30 vs. Devils
Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly
April 1 vs. Penguins
Jake DeBrusk
April 3 vs. Penguins
Jake DeBrusk
April 5 vs. Flyers
Jaroslav Halak
April 6 at Flyers
Jaroslav Halak
April 8 at Capitals
Jaroslav Halak
April 10 at Flyers
Jaroslav Halak
April 11 vs. Capitals
Jaroslav Halak
April 13 vs. Sabres
Jaroslav Halak
April 15 vs. Islanders
Jaroslav Halak
April 16 vs. Islanders
Jaroslav Halak

Buffalo Sabres

DATE
PLAYER
Feb. 16 vs. Islanders
Casey Mittelstadt

Calgary Flames

DATE
PLAYER
April 23 vs. Canadiens
Josh Leivo
April 24 vs. Canadiens
Josh Leivo
April 26 vs. Canadiens
Josh Leivo
April 29 at Oilers
Josh Leivo
May 1 at Oilers
Josh Leivo

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
Jan. 28 vs. Lightning
Jesper Fast, Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen
Jan. 30 vs. Stars
Jesper Fast
Jan. 31 vs. Stars
Jesper Fast

Chicago Blackhawks

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 26 at Predators
Adam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat
Jan. 27 at Predators
Adam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat, Lucas Wallmark
Jan. 29 vs. Blue Jackets
Adam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat, Lucas Wallmark
Jan. 31 vs. Blue Jackets
Nicolas Beaudin, Adam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Alex DeBrincat, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 2 vs. Hurricanes
Adam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 4 vs. Hurricanes
Adam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 7 at Stars
Adam Boqvist, Ryan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 9 at Stars
Ryan Carpenter, Lucas Wallmark
Feb. 11 vs. Blue Jackets
Ryan Carpenter

Colorado Avalanche

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. Blues
Erik Johnson
Jan. 15 vs. Blues
Erik Johnson
Feb. 14 at Golden Knights
Samuel Girard, Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog
Feb. 16 at Golden Knights
Samuel Girard, Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog, Hunter Miska
March 5 vs. Ducks
Dennis Gilbert
March 6 vs. Ducks
Dennis Gilbert
April 9 at Ducks
Bowen Byram
April 11 at Ducks
Bowen Byram
April 12 vs. Coyotes
Bowen Byram
April 14 at Blues
Bowen Byram, Philipp Grubauer
April 22 at Blues
Joonas Donskoi, Philipp Grubauer, Mikko Rantanen
April 24 at Blues
Joonas Donskoi, Mikko Rantanen
May 3 at Sharks
Devan Dubnyk

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
Jan. 29 at Blackhawks
Patrik Laine
Jan. 31 at Blackhawks
Patrik Laine
March 20 at Hurricanes
Alexandre Texier

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Dallas Stars

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 22 vs. Predators
Blake Comeau
Jan. 24 vs. Predators
Blake Comeau
Jan. 31 at Hurricanes
Andrej Sekera
Feb. 2 at Blue Jackets
Andrej Sekera
April 3 at Hurricanes 
Anton Khudobin
April 4 at Hurricanes
Anton Khudobin

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
Jan. 28 at Stars
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 30 vs. Panthers
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Jan. 31 vs. Panthers
Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Jon Merrill, Filip Zadina
Feb. 3 at Lightning
Filip Zadina
Feb. 13 at Predators
Calvin Pickard
Feb. 28 at Blackhawks
Patrik Nemeth 
April 29 at Hurricanes
Adam Erne

Edmonton Oilers

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 vs. Canucks
Gaetan Haas, James Neal
Jan. 14 vs. Canucks
Gaetan Haas, James Neal
Feb. 11 at Canadiens
Jesse Puljujarvi
March 10 vs. Senators
Kyle Turris
March 12 vs. Senators
Kyle Turris
March 13 at Canucks
Kyle Turris
March 15 at Flames
Kyle Turris
April 17 at Jets
Dmitry Kulikov
April 19 vs. Canadiens
Dmitry Kulikov

Florida Panthers

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 17 vs. Blackhawks
Markus Nutivaara
Jan. 19 vs. Blackhawks
Juho Lammikko
Feb. 11 vs. Lightning
Anthony Duclair
April 13 at Stars
Brandon Montour

Los Angeles Kings

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Wild
Kurtis MacDermid, Cal Petersen, Sean Walker
Jan. 28 at Wild
Andreas Athanasiou
Feb. 2 vs. Ducks
Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 5 at Golden Knights
Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 7 at Golden Knights
Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 9 vs. Sharks
Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
Feb. 11 vs. Sharks
Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
March 10 at Ducks
Cal Petersen
March 12 at Avalanche
Olli Maatta
March 14 at Avalanche
Olli Maatta
March 29 at Golden Knights
Brendan Lemieux
March 31 at Golden Knights
Brendan Lemieux
April 3 vs. Sharks
Brendan Lemieux, Matt Roy
April 5 vs. Coyotes
Matt Roy
April 7 vs. Coyotes
Matt Roy
April 9 at Sharks
Matt Roy
April 10 at Sharks
Matt Roy
April 12 vs. Golden Knights
Matt Roy

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
Jan. 31 vs. Avalanche
Marcus Foligno
Feb. 2 at Avalanche
Marcus Foligno
Feb. 16 at Kings
Jonas Brodin, Brad Hunt, Victor Rask, Carson Soucy, Cam Talbot
Feb. 18 at Ducks
Andrew Hammond
Feb. 20 at Ducks
Andrew Hammond
March 24 vs. Ducks
Zach Parise
March 25 vs. Blues
Zach Parise
March 29 at Sharks
Zach Parise
March 31 at Sharks
Zach Parise
April 1 at Golden Knights
Zach Parise

Montreal Canadiens

DATE
PLAYER
March 30 vs. Oilers
Joel Armia, Eric Staal
April 1 at Senators
Joel Armia, Eric Staal
April 3 vs. Senators
Joel Armia, Eric Staal
April 5 vs. Oilers
Joel Armia
April 7 vs. Oilers
Joel Armia
April 8 vs. Jets
Joel Armia
April 14 vs. Flames
Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill
April 16 vs. Flames
Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill
April 17 vs. Senators
Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill
April 19 at Oilers 
Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill
April 21 at Oilers
Erik Gustafsson

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

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
March 2 vs. Hurricanes
Ryan Johansen
March 9 at Hurricanes
Erik Haula

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
Jan. 28 vs. Flyers
Mackenzie Blackwood, Aaron Dell
Jan. 30 at Sabres
Mackenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Travis Zajac
Jan. 31 at Sabres
Mackenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, Travis Zajac
Feb. 16 at Rangers
Nico Hischier, Dmitry Kulikov, Travis Zajac
Feb. 17 at Bruins
Nico Hischier
March 11 at Islanders
Will Butcher
March 13 vs. Islanders
Will Butcher
March 14 vs. Islanders
Will Butcher
April 20 at Penguins
PK Subban
April 22 at Penguins
PK Subban
April 24 at Penguins
Jonas Siegenthaler, PK Subban
April 25 at Flyers
Jonas Siegenthaler, PK Subban
April 27 vs. Flyers
Jonas Siegenthaler, PK Subban
April 29 vs. Flyers
Jonas Siegenthaler, PK Subban
May 1 at Flyers
Jonas Siegenthaler
May 3 vs. Bruins
Jonas Siegenthaler

New York Islanders

DATE
PLAYER
March 14 at Devils
Noah Dobson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau
March 16 at. Capitals
Noah Dobson
March 18 vs. Flyers
Noah Dobson
March 20 vs. Flyers
Noah Dobson
March 22 at Flyers
Noah Dobson

New York Rangers

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 vs. Islanders
Justin Richards
Feb. 1 vs. Penguins
Kaapo Kakko
Feb. 12 vs. Bruins
Filip Chytil 
Feb. 16 vs. Devils
Filip Chytil
Feb. 18 at Flyers
Filip Chytil
Feb. 20 at Capitals
Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko
Feb. 24 at Flyers
Kaapo Kakko, K’Andre Miller
Feb. 26 vs. Bruins
Kaapo Kakko
Feb. 28 vs. Bruins
Kaapo Kakko
March 15 vs. Flyers
Pavel Buchnevich, Phillip Di Giuseppe,  Adam Fox
March 17 vs. Flyers
Phillip Di Giuseppe
March 19 at Capitals
Phillip Di Giuseppe
March 20 at Capitals
Phillip Di Giuseppe
March 22 vs. Sabres
Phillip Di Giuseppe, Brett Howden
March 25 at Flyers
Brett Howden
March 27 at Flyers
Brett Howden
March 28 at Capitals
Brett Howden
March 30 vs. Capitals
Brett Howden
April 1 vs. Sabres
Brett 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

DATE
PLAYER
Feb. 15 at Maple Leafs
Ryan Dzingel
Feb. 17 at Maple Leafs
Ryan Dzingel
Feb. 18 at Maple Leafs
Ryan Dzingel
Feb. 21 vs. Canadiens
Ryan Dzingel
Feb. 25 vs. Flames
Ryan Dzingel
Feb. 27 vs. Flames
Ryan Dzingel
April 3 at Canadiens
Jacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto
April 5 at Jets
Jacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto
April 7 vs. Oilers
Jacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto
April 8 vs. Oilers
Jacob Bernard-Docker, Shane Pinto

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
Feb. 7 at Capitals
Travis Sanheim
Feb. 18 vs. Rangers
Justin Braun, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek
Feb. 21 at Bruins
Justin Braun, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek
Feb. 24 vs. Rangers
Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek
Feb. 27 at Sabres
Travis Konecny
March 4 at Penguins
Joel Farabee
April 15 at Penguins
Jackson Cates
April 17 vs. Capitals
Jackson Cates
April 18 vs. Islanders
Jackson Cates

Pittsburgh Penguins

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 13 at Flyers
Kasperi Kapanen
Jan. 15 at Flyers
Kasperi Kapanen
March 2 vs. Flyers
Sidney Crosby
March 6 vs. Flyers
Colton Sceviour
March 7 vs. Rangers
Colton Sceviour
March 27 vs. Islanders
Mark Jankowski, Brandon Tanev

San Jose Sharks

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 14 at Coyotes
Max Letunov
Feb. 27 vs. Blues
Tomas Hertl
March 1 vs. Avalanche
Tomas Hertl
March 5 vs. Golden Knights
Tomas Hertl, Marcus Sorensen
March 6 vs. Golden Knights
Tomas Hertl, Marcus Sorensen
March 8 vs. Blues
Tomas Hertl, Marcus Sorensen
March 12 at Ducks
Marcus Sorensen
March 13 at Ducks
Marcus Sorensen

St. Louis Blues

DATE
PLAYER
Feb. 20 vs. Sharks
Sammy Blais
March 20 at Sharks
Zach Sanford

Tampa Bay Lightning

DATE
PLAYER
Jan. 21 at Blue Jackets
Curtis McElhinney
Jan. 23 at Blue Jackets
Curtis McElhinney
Jan. 28 at Hurricanes
Curtis McElhinney
Feb. 13 at Panthers
Steven Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs

DATE
PLAYER
April 7 vs. Canadiens
William Nylander
April 10 vs. Senators
William Nylander
April 12 at Canadiens
Nick Foligno, Riley Nash, William Nylander
April 13 vs. Flames
Nick Foligno, Ben Hutton, Riley Nash, William Nylander
April 15 vs. Jets
Nick Foligno, Ben Hutton, Riley Nash, William Nylander
April 18 at Canucks
Nick Foligno, Ben Hutton, Riley Nash
April 20 at Canucks
Nick Foligno, Ben Hutton

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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
March 24 vs. Jets
Travis 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.

DATE
PLAYER
Feb. 5 vs. Kings
Alex Pietrangelo
Feb. 11 vs. Ducks
Tomas Nosek
Feb. 13 at Sharks
Tomas Nosek
Feb. 14 vs. Avalanche
Tomas Nosek
Feb. 16 vs. Avalanche
Tomas Nosek
Feb. 20 at Avalanche
Tomas Nosek
Feb. 22 at Avalanche
Tomas Nosek

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
Jan. 28 vs. Islanders
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 30 vs. Bruins
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov
Feb. 1 vs. Bruins
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov
Feb. 4 at Rangers
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov
Feb. 7 vs. Flyers
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov, Jakub Vrana

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
Jan. 30 vs. Canucks
Pierre-Luc Dubois
Feb. 1 vs. Flames
Pierre-Luc Dubois
Feb. 2 vs. Flames
Pierre-Luc Dubois
Feb. 4 vs. Flames
Pierre-Luc Dubois

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