More COVID Cases, Digging Out of the Hole? And Other Blackhawks Bullets

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More COVID Cases, Digging Out of the Hole? And Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Another day in the NHL. More COVID cases. Let’s get into it.

•   This list compiled by Melissa last night, was already out of date as soon as she posted it. But, at the time, 60 players had been placed in COVID protocols for the week.

•   Then the Avalanche had Cale Makar and Darcy Kuemper land in COVID protocol shortly before the game.

•   Props to the Avalanche for trying to still play the game, against the Predators no less (who had their AHL coaches coaching the game and had half a dozen players out as well), but to continue to force teams to play with shorthanded lineups for reasons outside of salary cap constraints is ridiculous.

•   Already this morning, the Flames have added two more people to their growing COVID protocol list and the Oilers have added Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to theirs.

•   The NHL needs to do something. Pause the season, bring back the Taxi Squads, something.

•   Two hours prior to puck drop last night, the Montreal Canadiens announced that there would be no fans allowed in the Bell Centre for last night’s Canadiens-Flyers game.

•   Yep, we’re back to this…

•   Remember these sights and “sounds?”

•   Back to an empty arena having to make do. Having fun yet?

•   The All-COVID team would win a Gold Medal at the Olympics. But, it would also have to stay in China for an extra month after the Games were over.

•   Anything fun going on in Bears world?

•   How about in Bleacher Nation-world? Vote for Michael!

•   Speaking of winning, the Vancouver Canucks are 6-0-0 since Bruce Boudreau took over.

•   It appears making coaching changes in-season is the way to go in the NHL this year.

•   After the Blackhawks made their in-season coaching change, they have gone 10-6-0. They are still digging themselves out of the 1-9-2 hole they were in to begin the season, but if things continue on their current pace, could the get into the postseason chase?

•   Probably not. But, maybe.

•   Short bullets today since I’m exhausted from talking about COVID and that has become the prevalent storyline in the NHL this week. Take a page from Roquan Smith today and just be kind to yourselves and others.

•   That will do it for today. Hope you all enjoy your Friday ahead.

•   We’ll see you tonight for Blackhawks-Predators at 7:30 p.m. CT…as long as the game doesn’t get postponed.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.