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Sport NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 8, 2021

00:55  09 may  2021
00:55  09 may  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list:

a hockey game in the snow: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Devan Dubnyk remains in the protocol. © Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Avalanche goaltender Devan Dubnyk remains in the protocol.

Calgary – TBA

Colorado – Devan Dubnyk

Edmonton – TBA

Washington – Evgeny Kuznetsov

Winnipeg – TBA

As a reminder, inclusion on this list does not mean that a player has tested positive for Coronavirus or even that they have been confirmed as a close contact to another positive person. Included in the NHL’s list of possible reasons for someone being on the list is are the following:

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"(1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol."

Players removed today: None

Kuznetsov remains in the protocol for the Capitals, meaning he won’t be available tonight against the Flyers in the team’s 55th game. The team will use Craig Anderson in the net as Ilya Samsonov also remains out. The netminder doesn’t need to be listed here because he is technically on the taxi squad, but the capitals confirmed yesterday he was also in the protocol.

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