COVID-19 : the Lightning puts a brake to workouts because of an outbreak

COVID-19 : le Lightning met un frein aux entraînements en raison d'une éclosion

The Tampa Bay Lightning had to put a brake on phase 2 of the protocol for return to play of the national hockey League, on Friday, because of the case of COVID-19.

The network Sportsnet has reported the identity of the team as TSN mentioned initially that an NHL team had had to close its complex training. Three players, whose identity has not been revealed, and two staff members of the team have received a positive diagnosis for the virus.

All the other members of the organization will be tested. If there are no positive cases, additional, phase 2 will be able to resume normally, it is believed.

If the case of the Florida is of particular concern, with cases of COVID-19 which also affect several other professional sports there, the situation was also worrying all the teams in the NHL.

In addition to the Lightning, the Panthers are another club florida to participate in the next playoffs of the NHL to 24 teams. Depending on the format adopted, a mini-round robin tournament is first of all intended for the Lightning with the other three best courses of the Association Is : the Boston Bruins, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals. The Panthers have an appointment with the New York Islanders in a series 3 of 5 of the qualification round.

Precautions to Brossard

In the framework of the second phase of the protocol, access to facilities is always done on a voluntary basis. Earlier this week, some players of the Montreal canadiens have skated in Brossard. The attacker, Jonathan Drouin was one of five players to have graced the ice with Paul Byron, Charles Hudon, Laurent Dauphin, and goaltender Michael McNiven.

In addressing the media, Drouin had lifted the veil on the situation surrounding the COVID-19.

“There are several rules to follow, he pointed out, as quoted by “Le Journal de Montréal”. It is necessary to take our temperature at home before you leave. There’s an app on our phone and we must send the result to Graham (Rynbend), the therapist-in-chief of the team. We also wear a mask to the interior of the building. It is still different. We enter, we skate and we go out. You can’t sit in the lounge of the players. You can’t relax in the sauna or the hot tub after the workout.”

For the holding of the playoffs, recall that the NHL is looking to identify two different cities to host the games. Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver are competing in Canada, while Las Vegas among the possible destinations in the United States. According to various sources, a new possibility would be to play the parts in a single “bubble”, with the image of the return game scheduled in the NBA and Major League Soccer (MLS) to Orlando.

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