Predators have six players, six staff in COVID-19 protocols

/ by Michael Allardyce  AND  Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich

The Nashville Predators are slated to play the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, but are currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The team announced six players and six members of their traveling party have been added to the COVID-19 protocols.

That includes forwards Mikael Granlund, Ryan Johansen, Matt Luff, Michael McCarron and Philip Tomasino as well as defenseman Ben Harpur.

It also has hit the coaching staff, with head coach John Hynes, assistant coaches Dan Lambert, Todd Richards and Ben Vanderklok in the COVID-19 protocols.

As a result, the Blackhawks-Predators game could be in jeopardy. The Predators are scheduled to play the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday in Nashville, and the team is making moves to be able to play.

Earlier this week, the Blackhawks-Flames game scheduled for Monday was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak involving Calgary.

The Flames had six players — Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, Brad Richardson, Adam Ruzicka, Chris Tanev, Nikita Zadorov — and one staff member enter NHL's COVID-19 protocol within a 24-hour period. 

On Wednesday, the Flames added another 17 people to the COVID-19 protocols, including seven players, three coaches and seven members of the support staff.

For Calgary, getting through the border was a concern. That isn't the same concern with Nashville.

"As an appropriate precaution, the team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed for Players until further notice," the NHL said in a statement surrounding the Flames' situation. "The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Flames regular season schedule.


"The Flames organization has followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, provincial and national agencies."

The Blackhawks are scheduled to host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Marc-Andre Fleury will be honored before the game for becoming the third player in NHL history to hit the 500-win mark.

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