Penguins Jeff Carter and Jets Mark Scheifele join the list of NHL players out due to COVID-19

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May 20, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Jeff Carter (77) reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The season is barely over a week old and already several players have tested positive for COVID-19. Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche is back after missing the start of the season due to it.

Meanwhile, the Rangers’ Ryan Strome remains on COVID protocols and is missing his third straight. Also on the list is the Flyers’ Patrick Brown and the Jets’ Blake Wheeler.

Today, several more players were added.

Jeff Carter tests positive for COVID-19

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jeff Carter has tested positive for COVID-19 and entered the league’s protocols, coach Mike Sullivan announced Thursday.

Goaltender Tristan Jarry also entered the protocols, although Sullivan did not say it was for a positive test. He said both players are asymptomatic.

“I’m sure we’ll reconvene with Hexy (Penguins general manager Ron Hextall), and we’ll have these discussions on how to proceed moving forward,” Sullivan said. “But I just think it’s the reality of what of the world right now, and we’re all trying to manage our way through it as best we can.”

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Carter, 36, has one goal and three assists in four games this season.

He has 400 goals and 366 assists in 1,098 games since 2005 with the Flyers, Blue Jackets, Kings and Penguins.

Jarry, 26, is off to a 2-0-1 start with a .935 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average.

He is 61-29-8 with seven shutouts, a .913 save percentage and 2.63 GAA in 104 games with the Penguins since his 2017 NHL debut.

Mark Scheifele out due to COVID-19

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May 5, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele (55) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets added forward Mark Scheifele to the COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Scheifele joins captain Blake Wheeler, who was placed in the protocol after testing positive earlier this week.

“We have game time decisions all the time,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said via NHL.com. “The difference is if a guy has a pulled groin, you don’t have to worry about it spreading to the guy he sits beside on the plane. We’re going to wait for a test, we’ve done that in the past, and we’ve got two line-ups, two plans, and two power-play groups. Mark is in the protocol now, so we’re going down one direction. We’ve got that set for tonight. If we get good news on Mark here, we’ll just quickly switch.”

Scheifele, 28, has two assists in two games this season. He has 509 points (201 goals, 308 assists) in 577 games since Winnipeg selected him seventh overall in the 2011 draft.

The Jets are off to an 0-2-1 start entering Thursday night’s game with the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Before the game, Winnipeg recalled forward Dominic Toninato from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report