It looks like the Canucks won't be returning to action for quite a while, with an absence that might extend beyond Thursday of next week. Alex Edler, Braden Holtby, Quinn Hughes, Zack MacEwen and Antoine Roussel are joining Adam Gaudette and Travis Hamonic on the COVID protocol list. At one time the league leaders in games played, the Canucks have fallen toward the pack, so there is going to be major catchup as far as games played. The Canucks last played on March 24, so they are looking at a two-week break at minimum. Additional COVID cases are expected to be identified on Saturday, while some of the cases are of the contagious P.1 variant that originated in Brazil. Let’s hope everyone comes out of this okay.
Let's break down how this will affect other teams. We know that Saturday's game against Edmonton and Sunday's and Tuesday's games against Winnipeg are out. Later next week, the Canucks are scheduled to play two against Calgary. Those two games are very much in jeopardy, which would potentially give the Flames a one-game week next week (and a Monday at that). The Canucks are looking at games past the season end date, which could mean that multiple games are lost with this outbreak happening this late in the season. It's probably time to drop any non-essential Canucks from your roster.
The Jets will get a makeup game out of this, as their May 7 game with Ottawa has been moved up to Monday.
Something else I noticed when I was researching the NHL schedule. The last day of regular-season games is now Tuesday, May 11. Both my Yahoo league and Fantrax league are set to finish on Saturday, May 8. I was able to extend that date in Fantrax, but was unable to in Yahoo. This might be something to monitor if you'd like to ensure that no regular-season games are lost. Presently Sunday, May 9 has one game; Monday, May 10 has eight games, and Tuesday, May 11 has two games. Hopefully your league allows for that flexibility in the interest of fairness, although it's entirely possible that meaningless games from an NHL standings perspective might not be rescheduled at all.
For more on the schedule, see Adam's latest Looking Ahead article.
The Hurricanes have officially recalled <