Earlier this afternoon the National Hockey League announced the first round of testing results for Phase 3 that spanned from July 13th to July 17th.
The NHL confirmed that only two players tested positive out of more that 800 players that were tested. A total of 2,618 tests were administered. Both players that tested positive are currently in self-isolation and following CDC and Health Canada protocols.
It should be noted I’m against the entire idea of this Playoffs, especially with how it will affect next season (and potentially the season after), but I will say I am impressed with the players trying to take all of the safety measures seriously so this can happen. Key question will be how travelling to Toronto and Edmonton for the teams will be when crossing the Canadian border and what will need to be done to make this still become a reality.
In Other News
In other news the NHL also announced a change to the Round Robin schedule.
The reason for the swap is unknown, but the Washington Capitals will now host the Boston Bruins on Sunday, August 9th instead of Saturday, August 8th, and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be hosting the Philadelphia Flyers on August 8th instead of August 9th. Times for both games have yet to be determined and will be announced in the coming days.
Lemieux Suspended Two Games
Today NHL Player Safety announced that New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemiuex has been suspended for two games of the Qualifying Round.
Lemieux was suspended the two Qualifying Round games for interference against Joonas Donskoi of the Colorado Avalanche back on March 12th in Colorado. Lemieux’s hearing was initially held on March 13th, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision for discipline was held until the Return to Play guidelines were established.
Player Safety has made it known that Lemieux will be eligible for the Rangers exhibition game on July 29th against the New York Islanders.