Stars Shouldn’t Play Planned Opening After Positive COVID-19 Tests

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The Dallas Stars are not expected to start the 2020-21 NHL season as scheduled after six players and two staff recently confirmed positive tests for COVID-19.

the NHL said Friday that the Stars, who were originally scheduled to play their first game of the season at the Florida Panthers on Jan.14, likely wouldn’t play until Jan.19. Dallas is scheduled to play for the Panthers on January 15, and the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 17 and 19.
“These individuals are isolating themselves and following CDC and League protocols,” the NHL said in a statement. “Due to the positive tests, and as an appropriate precaution, the team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed for several days while further daily testing and contact tracing is conducted. .

“The League is reviewing and revising the Stars’ regular season schedule with the hope that the team will not open its 2020-21 season until Tuesday, January 19. ”

Dallas called off training on Friday before the NHL announced positive tests. The Stars were offside on Thursday and last trained on Wednesday.

“The Stars organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its players, staff and the community in general, as defined by the NHL, local and state agencies. and national, ”said the NHL.

Also on Friday, 19 players did not train for the Columbus Blue Jackets, with the team saying it was “out of caution and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.”

Columbus is scheduled to open his season at the Nashville Predators on Jan. 14.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has said he’s not sure if this game will be affected.

“I have no idea what the doctors are doing, how the whole protocol works, what they decide,” Tortorella said. “And I’m not even going to worry about it. Whatever happens every day, we’re going to show up and try to get the best job possible. ”

NHL.com editor Amalie Benjamin contributed to this report

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