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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 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. 24 at 5:30 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

Jan. 14 at Golden KnightsBen Hutton
Jan. 16 at Golden KnightsBen Hutton

Boston Bruins

Jan. 14 at DevilsKarson Kuhlman

Carolina Hurricanes

Jan. 16 at Red WingsJordan Staal
Jan. 18 at PredatorsJordan Staal
Jan. 19 at PredatorsWarren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen

Colorado Avalanche

Jan. 13 vs. BluesErik Johnson
Jan. 15 vs. BluesErik Johnson

Columbus Blue Jackets

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

Dallas Stars

Jan. 22 vs. PredatorsBlake Comeau
Jan. 24 vs. PredatorsBlake Comeau

Detroit Red Wings

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

Edmonton Oilers

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

Florida Panthers

Jan. 17 vs. BlackhawksMarkus Nutivaara
Jan. 19 vs. BlackhawksJuho Lammikko

Los Angeles Kings

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

Minnesota Wild

Jan. 14 at KingsAlex Stalock
Jan. 16 at KingsAlex Stalock
Jan. 18 at DucksAlex Stalock
Jan. 18 at DucksAlex Stalock

Nashville Predators

Jan. 14 vs. Blue JacketsMikael Granlund, Luca Sbisa
Jan. 16 vs. Blue JacketsMikael Granlund
Jan. 18 vs. HurricanesMikael Granlund
Jan. 19 vs. HurricanesMikael Granlund

New Jersey Devils

Jan. 16 vs. BruinsEric Comrie
Jan. 19 at RangersEric Comrie
Jan. 21 at IslandersMackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt
Jan. 24 vs. IslandersMackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt

New York Rangers

Jan. 14 vs. IslandersJustin Richards

Philadelphia Flyers

Jan. 13 vs. PenguinsShayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 15 vs. PenguinsShayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 18 vs. SabresShayne Gostisbehere
Jan. 19 vs. SabresShayne Gostisbehere

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jan. 13 at FlyersKasperi Kapanen
Jan. 15 at FlyersKasperi Kapanen

San Jose Sharks

Jan. 14 at CoyotesMax Letunov

Tampa Bay Lightning

Jan. 21 at Blue JacketsCurtis McElhinney
Jan. 23 at Blue JacketsCurtis McElhinney

Vancouver Canucks

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

Washington Capitals

Jan. 22 vs. SabresEvgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov
Jan. 24 vs. SabresEvgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov

Winnipeg Jets

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