Two Caps out of COVID protocol … NHL not postponing games because of Blues situation
Samsonov is able to return to the lineup. Kuznetsov is still a few days away. They don’t have a timetable for either player yet.
Samantha Pell: Laviolette added that since Samsonov is off the list, it doesn’t mean that he will be immediately available as an option for Game 2 tonight.
Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic: The St. Louis Blues now have three players on the NHL’s COVID list – David Perron, Jake Walman and Nathan Walker. It’s not known if Perron tested positive or if he’s on the list because of contract tracing.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email that they aren’t considering postponing games.
“There is always concern when Players or Club staff test positive for COVID-19. The level of concern is always a function of the precise circumstances involved.
“At the current time, there is no consideration being given to postponing games.”
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Riley Nash could make his Maple Leafs debut on Thursday. Coach Keefe.
“We’re going to get him involved right away and just rely upon the fact that he’s a very smart player, very experienced guy in the NHL and the playoffs in particular. You trust that he’s going to be able to fit right in. And with the skill set he has in terms of his ability to just be very responsible and consistent defensively, that brings a different look and a different option within our bottom-six and I really like that.”