Senators are ready to return to the ice tonight with nine players in the COVID protocol

OTTAWA – The Ottawa senators are ready to hit the ice at the Canadian Tire Center in two games this weekend, despite nine players and a coach in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

The senators are scheduled to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7pm on Saturday and meet the Calgary Flames at 5pm on Sunday.

No new players were added to the COVID-19 protocol on Friday for the first time in five days. Senators canceled training Friday for the third time this week.

Over the past week, nine players and assistant coach Jack Capuano have been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Defender Nikita Zaitsev was placed in the COVID-19 protocol an hour before the Senators’ game against Los Angeles on Thursday night.

TSN 1200 Senators play-by-play commentator Dean Brown says the NHL would decide if any games are postponed.

“It’s almost from case to case of the league,” Brown said of the possibility of canceling matches. “We have not seen anything where you get to this number and this is happening.”

The players and coaches are tested every day.

“The team goes through the normal protocols that the league requires them to go through with testing, and each player tests every day now,” Brown said, adding that this includes himself as well as any member traveling with the organization. “The league is monitoring the situation.”

The senators in the NHL minutes are:

  • Nikita Zaitsev

  • Alex Formenton

  • Matt Murray

  • Victor Mete

  • Josh Brown

  • Connor Brown

  • Dylan Gambrell

  • Nick Holden

  • Austin Watson

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