Ottawa Senators dealing with COVID-19 issues cancel practice

Sens dealing with COVID

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Sep 31, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Austin Watson (16) celebrates his goal in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators canceled practice as a precaution on Monday, one day after a player and a coach entered COVID-19 protocols.

Defenseman Nick Holden and associate coach Jack Capuano entered the protocol on Sunday, as did forward Austin Watson last Friday. This morning, forwards Connor Brown and Dylan Gambrell were added to the list as well.

The Senators’ next game is Tuesday night against the host Boston Bruins.

Senators dealing with COVID issues

Holden, 34, has one assist in 10 games in his first season with Ottawa, his 11th in the NHL. He has 144 points (45 goals, 99 assists) in 523 career games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Bruins, Vegas Golden Knights and Senators.

Brown, 27, has 7 points in 11 contests this season.

Gambrell, 25 has no points in 4 games.

Capuano, 55, has been on Ottawa’s staff since June 2019. He was the head coach of the New York Islanders from 2010-17.

The Senators recalled defenseman Erik Brannstrom from AHL affiliate Belleville to replace Holden on the roster. Scott Sabourin and Igor Sokolov have also been added.

–Field Level Media