NHL releases list of players unavailable Wednesday due to COVID protocols

The NHL logo is seen on a goal. (Mark Humphrey/CP/AP)

Edmonton Oilers forward James Neal, Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller and Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers are among the players who are unavailable to play or practice on Wednesday in accordance with the NHL's COVID-19 protocols.

The league released the full list on its opening night and will continue to do so on a daily basis for the rest of the season.

Players can be unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols as a result of a number of factors, including: an initial positive test, which remains unconfirmed pending another result, mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals, required quarantine as a high-risk close contact, isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or quarantine for travel or other reasons.

Other players listed as unavailable Wednesday include: Lawson Crouse, Karson Kuhlman, Erik Johnson, Mikko Koivu, Darren Helm, Christian Djoos, Gaetan Haas, Markus Nutivaara, Cal Petersen, Kurtis MacDermid, Sean Walker, Alex Stalock, Mikael Granlund, Luca Sbisa, Justin Richards, Shayne Gostisbehere, Kasperi Kapanen, Max Letunov and Jordie Benn.

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