While pausing the schedule is viewed as a last resort, at least one NHL player thinks it is a good idea as the list of COVID-19 logs continues to grow.
Nashville Predators striker Nick Cousins commented on the problem when he replied to a tweet from Sportsnet 590. FAN moderator Nick Kypreos on COVID-19 concerns for other teams.
About an hour later, the Predators announced that cousins were on the COVID list.
. @ PredsNHL Assistant Coach Dan Hinote and Forward Nick Cousins have been added to the COVID log list. @mkeadmirals Head Coach Karl Taylor, Assistant Coach Scott Ford and Preds Assistant GM Scott Nichol will be sitting behind the bench for the team tonight.
– Nashville Predators PR (@PredsPR) December 16, 2021
The Predators called up four forwards and two Milwaukee coaches from the AHL with the full coaching staff and seven players on the COVID log list ahead of a game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
Nashville wasn’t the only team playing with a squad headache on Thursday.
The Carolina Hurricanes were scheduled to return to action on the night after a game was postponed Tuesday, but were expected to play two men in forward against the Detroit Red Wings.
“I won’t say much about it. I’m probably the last person they’ll want to hear from, “Hurricanes defender Tony DeAngelo said when asked about the rules that resulted in the team being outnumbered.
The Hurricanes called back strikers Jack Drury, Stefan Noesen and Andrew Poturalski from Chicago from the AHL in an emergency.
Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers only had 13 players for their morning skate ahead of Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.
The team recalled strikers Cole Schwindt and Grigori Denisenko and defenders Matt Kiersted and Chase Priskie if the game went as planned, according to Panthers’ beat reporter George Richards.
The Boston Bruins have now lost six players after strikers Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic and goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman were recorded on Thursday.
North of the border, the Calgary Flames added two more players to the COVID protocol and now have 18 on the list. Calgary have postponed four games and their return date remains up in the air.
Edmonton Oilers forward Devin Shore also joined the list.
Publisher’s Note: The COVID-19 situation in the NHL and around the world is constantly evolving. Readers in Canada can find the latest information on the country’s public health website.