It is a bad situation in Vancouver at this time as 18 players and three coaches are on the COVID protocol list.
What makes this particularly bad is that it is the Brazil variant that has been running through the team, causing severe illness.
It looks like the Canucks will not be able to play the rest of the week at least and it could be longer than that.
They have called up a couple of minor leaguers as Guillaume Brisebois from Laval and Arturs Silovs from the Manitoba Moose are headed to Vancouver but it may be a moot point with 18 players out of action.
Stay tuned as the NHL will need to make some scheduling decisions in the upcoming days.
There were six games played in the NHL on Sunday.
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DETROIT 5 TAMPA BAY 1
The Detroit Red Wings had not beaten Tampa Bay on the road in 17 straight games, going back to 2011. They were 0-16-1 against the Lighting and with Tampa Bay being one of the top teams in the NHL once again this season, with Detroit being one of the worst, it seemed to be a sure thing that the streak would hit 18 games.
But that was not to be as the Red Wings got goals from five different players and an outstanding effort from Thomas Greiss to easily beat the Lightning 5-1.
Greiss turned aside 27-of-28 shots and improved his record to 3-15-5 with a 3.21 GAA and a .895 save percentage.
Christopher Gibson picked up his first start of the season and it wasn’t a pretty one as he gave up four goals on only 17 shots.
Danny DeKeyser had a pair of minor penalties.
Mikhail Sergachev was a minus-three.
WASHINGTON 5 NEW JERSEY 4
Alex Ovechkin scored once and added a pair of assists as Washington had just enough to beat New Jersey 5-4.
It was Ovechkin’s 19th goal of the season, but perhaps more importantly, he potted his 265th career power play goal, tying him for second all-time with Brett Hull and moving to within nine goals of Dave Andreychuk’s record of 274.
Igor Samsonov stopped 35 shots and is 9-2-1 with a 2.87 GAA and a .896 save percentage. It was a nice comeback game for Samsonov who was pulled on Thursday after giving up six goals on 24 shots in a blowout loss to the New York Islanders.
It was not the best of outings for Mackenzie Blackwood who gave up all five goals on only 19 Washington shots. He is 9-10-3 with a 2.92 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
FLORIDA 3 COLUMBUS 0
Chris Driedger turned aside 32 shots as the Florida Panthers moved to the top of the NHL standings with a 3-0 win over Columbus. It was Driedger’s second shutout of the season as he improved his record to 11-4-2 with a 2.05 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
After a scoreless first period Aleksander Barkov scored his 14th of the season just 1:52 into the second. It was his second game back after missing six straight with a lower-body injury.
Joonas Korpisalo is 8-11-6 this season after stopping 32-of-35 shots in taking the loss. He has a 3.03 GAA and a .900 save percentage, not good peripherals in fantasy.
MacKenzie Weegar had two assists and has 22 of his 23 points this season during even strength situations.
David Savard was a minus-three.
CAROLINA 1 DALLAS 0
The return of Petr Mrazek was a successful one as he stopped all 28 shots in leading Carolina to a 1-0 shutout win over Dallas Sunday.
It was Mrazek’s first game since January 30 when he suffered a broken thumb that required surgery. The win gave Mrazek a 3-1-0 record with an eye-popping 0.74 GAA and a just as great save percentage of .967.
Jake Oettinger was almost as good in the Dallas cage, giving up the one goal on 38 shots. He is 6-4-0 with a 2.24 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Brady Skjei led all skaters with seven shots on goal.
Rick Bowness was not behind the Dallas bench to start the third period as he was placed in COVID protocol.
TORONTO 4 CALGARY 2
It was Matthews 25th of the season as he leads the Rocket Richard Trophy race. The last Maple Leaf to win the goal scoring title was Gaye Stewart who had 37 in the 1945-46 season, when The Rocket was only 24 years of age.
It was a big night for Michael Hutchinson who was brilliant in stopping 32-of-34 shots. He is 4-2-1 this season with a 2.42 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Joakim Nordstrom with his first of the season and Andrew Mangiapane who potted his 11th goal on his 25th birthday both scored in the first period as Calgary led 2-1 after one and dominated play in the second period until Galchenyuk evened the score at 2 at the 17:08 mark.
David Rittich stopped 26 shots as his record dropped to 4-7-1. Rittich has a 2.90 GAA and a .904 save percentage.
William Nylander had a pair of assists.
ARIZONA 3 ANAHEIM 2 (Overtime)
Jakob Chychrun completed the hat trick with the overtime winner as Arizona defeated Anaheim 3-2.
The three-goal effort by the defenseman moved Chychrun into a first-place tie with Darnell Nurse for the lead in defenseman goals as each has 12.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the first period when Sam Carrick scored his first of the season. Derek Grant gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead in the first with his fourth after Chychrun scored his first of the game.
Adin Hill stopped 18-of-20 shots for the win as he is 6-4-1 with a 2.73 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
John Gibson took the overtime loss as he made 28 saves. Gibson is 7-12-6 with a 3.03 GAA and a .898 save percentage.
Chychrun had seven shots on goal.
Lane Pederson had eight hits.
Rookie Trevor Zegras assisted on both Anaheim goals.
John Hayden and Carrick fought in the first period and both picked up five for fighting.
Jakob Chychrun – 3
Travis Zajac – 2
Ryan Murray – 3
Nick Merkley – 2
Anthony Mantha – 2
Luke Glendening – 2
Alex Ovechkin – 2
Trevor Zegras – 2
Dmitry Orlov – 2
MacKenzie Weegar – 2
Brenden Dillon – 2
Shots on Goal
Brady Skjei – 7
Jakob Chychrun – 7
Cam Atkinson – 5
Patric Hornqvist – 5
Jason Robertson – 5
Cedric Paquette – 8
Lane Pederson – 8
Jordan Martinook – 7
Jamie Oleksiak – 6
Sam Carrick – 5
John Hayden – 5
Danny DeKeyser – 4
Source: Yahoo Sports