Virus concerns hit Dallas, Columbus as NHL season looms

The NHL mentioned Friday that six Dallas Stars gamers and two team of workers individuals have examined certain for COVID-19 in a building that may chase away the opener for the protecting Western Convention champions by means of just about per week.

The Columbus Blue Jackets additionally held a variety of gamers off the ice “out of abundance of warning” in every other reminder that the pandemic will most probably play havoc with the season opening subsequent Wednesday.

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Dallas have been set to open the season Jan. 14 at Florida. The NHL mentioned it was once “reviewing and revising” the Stars’ agenda and the opener was once probably not to be any previous than Jan. 19, these days a rematch in Tampa Bay towards the Stanley Cup champion Lightning.

The Dallas gamers and team of workers are self-isolating and the workforce’s coaching amenities have been closed for the following a number of days amid touch tracing. The Blue Jackets, who open their season the similar evening at Nashville, mentioned its transfer was once “according to NHL COVID-19 protocols.”

The NHL effectively finished its pandemic-interrupted season in dual playoff bubbles ultimate fall with none certain exams however has warned that the approaching season can be a problem.

The NHL has shortened the common season to 56 video games for every of its 31 groups, who will play handiest department foes and occasionally a couple of instances in an issue of a couple of days. The divisions themselves have been additionally realigned in keeping with geography as a way to prohibit go back and forth; the North Department contains handiest the seven Canadian groups to steer clear of the headaches of cross-border go back and forth to and from the U.S.

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