NHL News: Islanders place captain Anders Lee on COVID protocol; Darnell Nurse out with injury; and updated COVID list

Things just don’t seem to be getting any better for the New York Islanders.

The Isles are dead last in the Metropolitan Division (5-6-2) after opening the season on a grueling 13 game road trip waiting for their new home to be completed. This has led them to be one of the more disappointing teams to start the year.

Just when they thought they could get things on track they lost shutdown defenseman Ryan Pulock. Today, they were hit with more bad news.

Islanders place Anders Less and Ross Johnston on COVID protocol

The New York Islanders announced on Friday that captain Anders Lee and forward Ross Johnston will join Josh Bailey on the COVID list.

Lee, 31, has four goals in 12 games thus far this season. He missed more than half of last season with a torn ACL.

Johnston, 27, has only played one game this season and has no points. The Isles extended the forward to a 4 year extension in October.

The Islanders open up their brand-new home, the UBS Arena when they host the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Darnell Nurse out for Oilers

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Apr 26, 2021; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) puck juggles in warm up before a game against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse will reportedly miss a few weeks with a non-disclosed injury per Jason Gregor.

Two sources have confirmed that Nurse will be out for a few weeks. It sounds like he will miss at least the remaining four games in November…The initial prognosis is Nurse will be out a few weeks. It might be two weeks, it might be a bit more.

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Nurse, 26, has 11 points (all assists) in 16 games the season for Edmonton.


Here is the current list of NHL Players out on COVID-19 Protocol:

  • Johan Larsson, AZ
  • Andrew Ladd, AZ
  • Tyler Johnson, CHI
  • Max Domi, CBJ
  • Josh Bailey, NYI
  • Anders Lee, NYI
  • Ross Johnston, NYI
  • Matt Murray, OTT
  • Drake Batherson, OTT
  • Nikita Zaitsev, OTT
  • Niko Mikkola, STL
  • Michael Amadio, VGK
  • Jonathan Marchessault, VGK
  • William Carrier, VGK
  • Lars Eller, WSH