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Mark Scheifele was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol on Thursday.
A team spokesperson said the center tested positive Wednesday morning and negative at night. If Scheifele tests negative Thursday morning, he will be eligible to play against the Anaheim Ducks (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, BSSC, BSSD, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
Scheifele has two assists, in two games this season. He did not play in a season-opening 4-1 loss at the Ducks on Oct. 13 because he was serving the final game of a four-game suspension he received for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Second Round series last season.
Scheifele led the Jets in scoring last season with 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 56 games.
Forward Blake Wheeler remains in protocol after testing positive on Monday. Wheeler is required to miss at least three more games.
Forward Dominic Toninato was recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League.
Mike Hardman will not play when the Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; SNP, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) because of a head laceration.
The 22-year-old forward was injured after being checked into the boards by New York Islanders forward Matt Martin in the third period of Chicago’s 4-1 loss during Hardman’s season debut on Tuesday. Playing on the third line with left wing Alex DeBrincat and center Henrik Borgstrom, Hardman played 9:54 with two shots on goal, a team-high six hits and two blocked shots.
“I think he did exactly what we hoped he would do,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “That line was probably our best line and DeBrincat’s best game. We’ll see how long it is, but kind of just picked up where he left off in camp, I thought.” — Tracey Myers