The Carolina Hurricanes have had an amazing run of play lately, and as such, fans are a bit upset to see that Tuesday evening’s game against the Philidelphia Flyers has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on the NHL and these teams individually. This will now be the seventh postponed game for the Hurricanes this season, and the fourth for the Flyers.
This game was postponed following the announcement that Rasmus Ristolainen has been added to the NHL’s COVID protocol, joining Justin Braun, Ivan Provorov, and Travis Konecny, making the team face too many players in the protocol to meet to be able to play a game today, as they are currently deemed an exposure risk.
The Hurricanes have also had to place some key players into the COVID protocol, including the addition of Jaccob Slavin as of today. Currently, we have no news about if the player in question has come back with a positive test for the virus, or if he has been exposed and is currently just in isolation awaiting the results of a test.
Both teams are currently expected to play their next matchup, with the Hurricanes facing the Columbus Blue Jackets at home on Thursday at 7 pm and the Flyers facing off against the Boston Bruins in Boston at the same time. Both are subject to the conditions of the teams improving, and the numbers of COVID cases not continuing to increase on any of the teams involved.
Impact on the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes have had a hot streak of play this season, and the past week has been a continuation of that, only being served up an overtime loss to the Florida Panthers in their most recent game. Overall, the players in the team have gelled together extremely well, and being hit with a strike of bad health is not overly ideal. The team does have a fair bit of depth though, which could lead to them still putting up a fighting chance when they do lose their first-team players to the ongoing pandemic. The Hurricanes have looked to make a playoff push this season and the coming games could be a good indicator of how ready they are to enter the playoffs, as having players ready to rotate into the system will be important.
Impact on the Flyers
The Flyers have had terrible luck with the COVID-19 pandemic, with captain Claude Giroux just having returned from the COVID protocol, while two more players from his team going into the protocol. On top of this, the team has four players on injured reserve, as Ryan Ellis, Samuel Morin, Nate Thompson, and Sean Couturier all currently facing injuries. As a possible outcome of this, the Flyers have been on quite the losing streak, with the last five games being recorded as a loss. The team will likely be looking to transform their performances in the coming weeks, but they currently don’t have players available to have a consistent line-up that they would usually put forward.