Well crap, folks
Filip Zadina is on the NHL's COVID-protocol absence list today— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 22, 2021
To catch you up, Filip Zadina joins Sam Gagner, Robby Fabbri, Adam Erne, and Jon Merrill on the Wings’ COVID Protocol list. Zadina traveled with the team to Chicago and this brings into question whether the Wings will be able to keep enough people off that list to keep playing games or whether we’ll start seeing postponements hit us as well.
Detroit started their season against Carolina, who immediately lost Jordan Staal to the protocol between games 1 and 2 and have since had their games postponed through tonight. The Dallas Stars will be playing their season opener tonight after similar problems.
This is a developing story and we’ll update with more info as it comes along.
As a reminder on taxi squad rules, the team has until 5pm ET to call a taxi squad member up on gameday. Givani Smith was recalled from that squad today, which gives Detroit 11 forwards available for Chicago.
UPDATE: Forward Darren Helm and defenseman Christian Djoos have been removed from non-roster (COVID protocol).— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 22, 2021