NHL Buzz: Kane returns to Blackhawks from COVID-19 protocol

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Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane has been removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol and the forward is expected to play when the Blackhawks host the Ottawa Senators at United Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSCH+, RDS, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). 

Kane has missed four games after being placed in protocol Oct. 23. He has scored five points (one goal, four assists) in five games, tied for second on the Blackhawks with forward Alex DeBrincat (four goals, one assist) behind defenseman Seth Jones (seven assists).

Assistant coach Tomas Mitell and video coach Matt Meacham were also removed from protocol. Mitell was in since Oct. 21. The Blackhawks did not say when Meacham was placed in it. — Tracey Myers

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Nino Niederreiter is expected to be out a few weeks with a lower-body injury.

“Yesterday they kind of told us it’s not going to be anytime soon, so that’s not good,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said Sunday. 

The forward was injured in the third period of a 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. He’s scored three goals in seven games.

“It’s not an injury he can’t come back from,” Brind’Amour said. “It’s probably going to be a few weeks.”

Seth Jarvis, a 19-year-old forward, replaced Niederreiter in a 2-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes that extended the Hurricanes’ season-opening winning streak to eight games. The No. 13 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft had one assist in 10:01 in his NHL debut.

“He really doesn’t look like a rookie to me,” Brind’Amour said. “He was great. No nerves at all.” — Jon Lane

 

Seattle Kraken

Forward Jared McCann and assistant coach Paul McFarland were placed in COVID-19 protocol Sunday and were unavailable for a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers at home.

McCann leads the Kraken with seven points (three goals, four assists) in eight games.

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