Training camps across the National Hockey League officially came to a close on Tuesday as all 31 teams were required to trim their rosters down to the maximum 23 players, as well as set their 4-6 man taxi squad as of 5 p.m. EST.
Shortly after each team made their required roster moves on Tuesday, the NHL released a statement with an update on COVID-19 testing results during the training camp period. In all, a total of 27 players tested positive for the coronavirus between Dec. 30, 2020 and Jan. 11, 2021.
Of the 27 players that tested positive for COVID-19 during this time period, 17 of those players are currently playing for the Dallas Stars. However, the league said in its statement that most of the players who tested positive were asymptomatic, and all of those players are recovering well without complication.
The NHL said that during the two-week period of testing, the league completed daily testing of its players with approximately 12,000 tests administered to around 1,200 players.
Now with training camps completed and the start of the regular season coming Wednesday, the league will continue to provide regular updates on testing results of players around the league. However, compared to this update following training camps, the league and teams will now start to begin identifying any player who happens to test positive for COVID-19.
Wednesday's action around the NHL gets started with five games:
- Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers - 5:30 p.m. EST (NBCSN)
- Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs - 7 p.m. EST
- Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning - 8 p.m. EST (NBCSN)
- Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers - 10 p.m. EST
- St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche - 10:30 p.m. EST (NBCSN)
The Buffalo Sabres will open its 2020-21 season on Thursday night against the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. EST, and can be heard on the Radio Home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.