Growing number of NHL players on COVID list adds Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Penguins Kris Letang

The NHL season continues to roll on, but the number of big name players that have found themselves on the COVID protocol list keeps getting bigger. It started with Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche, but he was able to join the team against the Capitals this past week.

Now you can add Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang to the list.

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Blackhawks place Patrik Kane to the COVID Protocol List

The Chicago Blackhawks placed star Patrick Kane, fellow forward Ryan Carpenter and defenseman Erik Gustafsson in the NHL’s COVID protocol on Saturday morning.

The Blackhawks announced all three players will miss practice on Saturday. The team did not divulge if they would play in Sunday’s game against the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Kane, 32, has recorded a team-leading five points (one goal, four assists) in five games this season. The former Hart Trophy recipient has 1,093 points (405 goals, 688 assists) in 1,034 career games since being selected by Chicago with the top overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Carpenter, 30, has yet to notch a point in two games this season. Gustafsson, 29, has one point — an assist — in four games in 2021-22.

The Blackhawks recalled forward Reese Johnson from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Johnson, 23, collected a goal and an assist in three games for the IceHogs.

Kris Letang joins Jeff Carter on COVID List

May 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) takes the ice against the New York Islanders during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang entered the NHL’s COVID protocol and has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

“He is not a confirmed positive. He has had a positive test,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of the two-time Stanley Cup winner. “He is in the process of confirmatory tests, and that’s part of the protocol.”

Letang, 34, has recorded four assists for his lone points in four games this season.

He has 586 points (134 goals, 452 assists) in 867 career games since being selected by the Penguins in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft.

List of NHL Players on COVID List

  • Michael Stone, CGY
  • Patrick Kane, CHI
  • Ryan Carpenter, CHI
  • Erik Gustafsson, CHI
  • Brendan Lemieux, LAK
  • David Rittch, NSH
  • Ryan Strome, NYR
  • Patrick Brown, PHI
  • Jeff Carter, PIT
  • Tristan Jarry, PIT
  • Kris Letang, PIT
  • Brandon Saad, STL
  • Blake Wheeler, WPG
  • Mark Scheifele, WPG

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.