A player entering the protocols does not necessarily mean they have tested positive for the virus.
On Thursday, the Jets confirmed that Scheifele was asymptomatic after receiving a positive test, and has since returned a negative test. Scheifele will receive a third test before Thursday’s game and if that is also negative, he could still play against the Ducks.
#NHLJets confirm Mark Scheifele had a positive test but is asymptomatic and since tested negative on Wednesday. The results of a third test will be available closer to game time. If that test is negative, Scheifele can play tonight for #NHLJets vs #NHLDucks
— Ken Wiebe (@WiebesWorld) October 21, 2021
In two games this season, the 29-year-old has two assists after missing the start of the season completing his suspension from the 2021 playoffs.
The news comes after captain Blake Wheeler tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and was symptomatic. Wheeler entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Monday, and could be eligible to return as early as Oct. 28, but will be out for at least four games.