The Philadelphia Flyers will be without six lineup regulars because of NHL COVID-19 protocol when they play the Boston Bruins in the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday (2 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, SN1, TVAS).
Defenseman Justin Braun and forwards Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom and Jakub Voracek have been on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list since at least Feb. 9 and will not travel to Nevada.
“No one on that list is coming,” Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday.
The Flyers lost to the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout Thursday, their first game since a 7-4 win at the Washington Capitals on Feb. 7. Two days later, their game at the Capitals was postponed. Philadelphia also had a game against the Rangers scheduled for Sunday postponed, in addition to two games against the New Jersey Devils (Feb. 11 and Feb. 13) which previously had been postponed.
Philadelphia practiced with 16 players on Tuesday and 24 players Wednesday, including players from the taxi squad. Their lineup against the Rangers on Thursday included three forwards making their season debut: Maksim Sushko , David Kase and Andy Andreoff. Sushko made his NHL debut.
“For the new guys coming in, we’ve got quite a few guys that it’s going to be their first game this year, their second game,” Vigneault said. “So keep things high percentage, stay energized, trust your instincts and go out there and at the end of the day, let’s go and play hard and have fun.”
Boston lost to the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Thursday, and forward David Krejci left the game win a lower-body injury. The Bruins do not have any players on the COVID-19 protocol list.
The time of the game Sunday was changed to 2 p.m. ET.
“We’re basically going to try and keep our bodies in the same time zone, which 11 o’clock that time will be 2 p.m. for us if we manage to do it, and we should be able to do it, no issues,” Vigneault said. “We’re flying in tomorrow after practice. We’ve got an 8 a.m. practice the next day, which is really 11 o’clock body times for us. And what we’re going to do is do two meetings the night before, before the game, and we’ll have a quick one in the morning before we go off for warmup. And then we should be good to go.”