EAST MEADOW, New York – Zdeno Chara became the seventh New York Islanders player to go through the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol after receiving a positive test result for the virus on Monday.
The defender joins forwards Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows and Ross johnston, as well as the rear Adam pelech and Andy Greene on protocol. The attacker Anthony Beauvillier received a false positive result and missed a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday. He returned to the lineup in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.
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The Islanders will also be deprived of the striker’s services Brock Nelson for a period of two to four weeks due to a lower body injury suffered in the first period on Sunday. Nelson is the team leader in goals (nine) and points (11) this season.
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“We’re going to continue to deal with the things that we can control,” Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said ahead of practice Tuesday. “We can’t worry about things that are beyond our control. These are definitely tough times, but we’ll continue to focus on the job at hand with the players we have on hand, and figuring out how we can replace the players who are absent. You just have to stay positive as much as possible.
“I don’t think we can approach or handle this situation any differently. «
The Islanders (5-8-2) have conceded six straight losses (0-6-0) and face the New York Rangers at UBS Arena on Wednesday. They moved their training from Tuesday afternoon to have more time for testing.
Lamoriello explained that none of the players who are under protocol will be available for Wednesday’s game. He added that he spoke with the NHL on Monday about a possible postponement of the game.
« No decision has been made, as far as I know, » said Lamoriello. We will prepare to play until we are told otherwise. »
Ryan pulock (lower body) will fail for four to six weeks. The defenseman was injured in the second period in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 15 after blocking a shot from the forward Mathieu Joseph.
The attacker Anatoly Golyshev and the defender Thomas hickey were recalled from Bridgeport in the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Lamoriello mentioned that the Islanders were willing to make a trade in order to secure reinforcements, but nothing was imminent.
“No matter what it takes to improve, we will,” said Lamoriello. However, we will get our players back, and I can assure you that I have received calls. Several teams want to help us in different ways, but not in a way that could really help us. «