NHL COVID-19 case tracker 2021-22: Updated list of players to miss games this season



The 2021-22 NHL season is underway, and while the majority of players are fully vaccinated — only Tyler Bertuzzi remains the most notable name remaining unvaccinated — COVID-19 is still impacting rosters on a nightly basis.

A number of the league’s stars, including Patrick Kane, Erik Karlsson and, as of Nov. 3, Sidney Crosby, have tested positive.

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Players who test positive are placed on the non-roster COVID-protocols list. It should be noted that other players could end up on this list too. Like last season, “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors, including an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is done; mandated isolation for symptomatic players; required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; isolation based on a confirmed positive test result; quarantine for travel or other reasons.

What is the NHL’s COVID protocol in 2021-22?

With a vaccine now available, the rules are a little different than last season. A vaccinated player is described as anyone who is two weeks post-second dose.

Unvaccinated players are not allowed to travel to Canada due to quarantine restrictions in the country. Therefore, clubs can suspend the players for inability to participate and require them to forfeit one day’s pay for each day they miss. Players who are unvaccinated are also required to follow the majority of rules that were in effect last year, including but not limited to wearing masks at all times while not on the ice; exercising or eating; maintaining 6 feet of distance; not sharing rooms or spaces — such as cars — with other players.

Vaccinated players are only subject to testing every 72 hours or if symptomatic, while unvaccinated players must get tested every day. Players who test positive (a confirmed positive) and are symptomatic must isolate. They must stay in isolation until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, symptoms have improved and are cleared by medical personnel to return. Depending on symptoms (e.g., cough, fever, chest pain), a cardiac screening must also be done and cleared.

If they test positive and have to miss games, vaccinated players are listed as having a hockey-related injury and are paid. Unvaccinated players are not paid.

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NHL players out of games because of COVID-19 in 2021-22

Updated as of Nov. 3, 2021

Anaheim Ducks

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 31 vs. Canadiens Jakob Silfverberg

Arizona Coyotes

None.

Boston Bruins

None.

Buffalo Sabres

None.

Calgary Flames

None.

Carolina Hurricanes

None.

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Chicago Blackhawks

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 24 vs. Red Wings Patrick Kane, Jujhar Khaira, Riley Stillman
Oct. 27 vs. Maple Leafs Patrick Kane, Jujhar Khaira, Riley Stillman, Henrik Borgstrom
Oct. 29 at Hurricanes Patrick Kane, Jujhar Khaira, Riley Stillman, Henrik Borgstrom
Oct. 30 at Blues Patrick Kane, Jujhar Khaira, Riley Stillman, Henrik Borgstrom
Nov. 1 vs. Senators Jujhar Khaira, Riley Stillman, Henrik Borgstrom
Nov. 3 vs. Hurricanes Tyler Johnson, Isaak Phillips

Colorado Avalanche

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 13 vs. Blackhawks Nathan MacKinnon
Oct. 16 vs. Blues Nathan MacKinnon, Jack Johnson

Columbus Blue Jackets

DATE PLAYER
Nov. 3 at Avalanche Max Domi

Dallas Stars

None.

*Detroit Red Wings

None.

*Because Bertuzzi is unvaccinated he has missed the following games: Oct. 23 in Montreal; Oct. 30 in Toronto; Nov. 2 in Montreal.

Edmonton Oilers

None.

Florida Panthers

None.

Los Angeles Kings

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 16 vs. Wild Brendan Lemieux
Oct. 19 at Predators Brendan Lemieux
Oct. 22 at Stars Brendan Lemieux
Oct. 23 at Blues Brendan Lemieux
Oct. 23 at Blues Brendan Lemieux
Oct. 31 vs. Sabres Viktor Arvidsson, Gabe Vilardi

Minnesota Wild

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 28 at Kraken Mats Zuccarello, Rem Pitlick
Oct. 30 at Kraken Mats Zuccarello, Rem Pitlick
Nov. 2 vs. Senators Mats Zuccarello, Rem Pitlick

Montreal Canadiens

None.

Nashville Predators

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 16 vs. Hurricanes David Rittich
Oct. 19 vs. Kings David Rittich
Oct. 21 vs. Rangers David Rittich
Oct. 23 at Jets David Rittich
Oct. 24 at Wild David Rittich
Oct. 26 vs. Sharks David Rittich
Oct. 30 vs. Islanders David Rittich
Nov. 2 at Flames David Rittich

New Jersey Devils

None.

New York Islanders

None.

New York Rangers

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 16 at Canadiens Ryan Strome
Oct. 18 at Maple Leafs Ryan Strome
Oct. 21 at Predators Ryan Strome
Oct. 23 at Senators Ryan Strome

Ottawa Senators

None.

Philadelphia Flyers

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 15 vs. Canucks Patrick Brown
Oct. 17 vs. Kraken Patrick Brown
Oct. 20 vs. Bruins Patrick Brown

Pittsburgh Penguins

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 12 at Lightning Zach Aston-Reese
Oct. 14 at Panthers Zach Aston-Reese
Oct. 23 vs. Maple Leafs Jeff Carter, Kris Letang
Oct. 26 vs. Lightning Jeff Carter, Kris Letang
Oct. 28 vs. Flames Jeff Carter, Kris Letang
Oct. 30 vs. Devils Kris Letang, Marcus Pettersson, Chad Ruhwedel

San Jose Sharks

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 30 vs. Jets Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Dahlen, Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Matt Nieto, Radim Simek, Marc-Edouard Vlasic (and head coach Bob Boughner)
Nov. 2 vs. Sabres Kevin Labanc, Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Matt Nieto, Radim Simek, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Timo Meier (and head coach Bob Boughner)

Seattle Kraken

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 12 at Golden Knights Calle Jarnkrok
Oct. 14 at Predators Calle Jarnkrok
Oct. 16 at Blue Jackets Calle Jarnkrok
Oct. 18 at Flyers Calle Jarnkrok
Oct. 19 at Devils Calle Jarnkrok
Oct. 31 vs. rangers Jared McCann

St. Louis Blues

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 23 vs. Kings Brandon Saad
Oct. 25 vs. Kings Brandon Saad
Oct. 28 vs. Avalanche Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly
Oct. 30 vs. Blackhawks Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly
Nov. 3 at Kings Kyle Clifford, Ryan O’Reilly, Ville Husso

Tampa Bay Lightning

None.

Toronto Maple Leafs

None.

Vancouver Canucks

None.

Vegas Golden Knights

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 12 vs. Kraken Mattias Janmark
Oct. 14 at Kings Mattias Janmark
Oct. 20 vs. Blues Mattias Janmark

Washington Capitals

None.

Winnipeg Jets

DATE PLAYER
Oct. 19 at Wild Blake Wheeler
Oct. 21 vs. Ducks Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele
Oct. 23 vs. Predators Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele
Oct. 26 at Ducks Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele
Oct. 28 at Kings Mark Scheifele
Oct. 30 at Sharks Mark Scheifele





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