The Vancouver Canucks had three additional games postponed by the NHL on Thursday, through April 6, due to COVID-19 protocol.
Canucks games at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, and at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday and Tuesday, have been postponed, in addition to the home game against the Calgary Flames that was postponed Wednesday.
Vancouver is next scheduled to play April 8 at Calgary. The Canucks cannot return to practice before April 6. Rescheduled dates have not been announced.
Forward Adam Gaudette, defenseman Travis Hamonic, and a member of their coaching staff are in NHL COVID-19 protocol.
“I guess there’s always reminders as far as the importance of your safety, and following the guidelines and the rules that the League has set forth,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said Wednesday morning. “And not just the League, but the government.”
Gaudette was added to the protocol list Tuesday after what Green said was a positive test for the virus. Hamonic was officially added Thursday.
Vancouver has not played since last Wednesday, a 5-1 loss to Winnipeg after being shut out by them 4-0 two days before.
“We’ve had six days off prepping for a game here,” Green said. “We’ve tried to just stay focused on that task, and let the people in charge that advise us on the protocols let us know if there’s anything else changing.”
Calgary remains scheduled to play at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
Vancouver’s road trip ends with scheduled games at Calgary on April 10, and at Edmonton on April 12 and 14.
“Whether we have someone that gets it or not, everyone is trying their best to abide by the protocols,” Vancouver forward J.T. Miller said. “The timing is obviously not great — there’s no good timing — but it doesn’t change anything. No matter what the circumstances, no one wants to get it, not one wants to spread it, nothing changes.”
Miller and Vancouver defenseman Jordie Benn were sidelined at the start of the season due to COVID-19 protocol. Benn missed six games; Miller missed three.
“It’s not ideal, obviously,” Miller said. “Everybody is trying to do the right things to not have the situation happen. [Adam’s] is different than mine. I didn’t have it. I don’t know 100 percent his situation, but in the sense of having to sit out and be away from your team, especially in a hard time of the year, it’s not ideal, but everybody is trying to do their best to make sure they are following protocol and make sure we don’t spread it. …
“Things like this are probably going to happen over the course of a season with a lot of players, and hopefully we can minimize the damage here, and hopefully [Adam] isn’t feeling too poorly.”
Eight games in the Scotia North Division have been postponed this season, all since March 22. The Montreal Canadiens had four home games postponed due to COVID-19 protocol from March 22-28.
There have been 50 games postponed since the NHL season began Jan. 13, including 45 because of protocol. Five games have been postponed because of weather-related issues.
NHL.com independent correspondent Kevin Woodley contributed to this report