Canucks report no new positive COVID-19 tests
The Vancouver Canucks could finally emerge from the worst NHL COVID-19 outbreak of the 2020-21 season.
TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger tweeted Thursday that the Canucks did not report a new positive coronavirus test on Wednesday night.
Earlier Wednesday, the Canucks confirmed that 18 active players, three taxi team players and four staff members tested positive amid the outbreak that has kept them out since a loss to the Jets from Winnipeg on March 24. TSN adds that it is hoped that Vancouver can return to play at the end of next week.
The entire Canucks team remains isolated. It was previously reported that the NHL assumed that “everyone” among the club’s travelers would eventually test positive for a COVID-19 variant.
Vancouver is fifth in the NHL North standings with 35 points, eight points behind the Montreal Canadiens in the race for last place in the divisional playoffs. It is virtually guaranteed that the Canucks will have played the fewest games among opponents in the division by the time they start the season again.
Publicly, the NHL has so far insisted the Canucks can still finish their full 56-game regular-season schedule despite the long hiatus.