ANAHEIM – Dallas Ducks coach Eakins arrived at the Honda Center early Friday morning, as is his custom, and began talking with assistant coach Mike Stothers about the lineup for tonight’s game against the champion. Stanley Cup Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a normal conversation.
Then came the news that everyone in the NHL worries about these days: Eakins has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be included in the league’s protocol. Stothers will coach the team in his place for Friday’s game, and perhaps more to come, depending on further tests.
Stothers said via Zoom: “Every day we check, cross our fingers, and hope things go negative. “Unfortunately for Dallas, he turned out a positive and that was disappointing for all of us, and especially for Dallas. He doesn’t like to miss out on anything. We expect it to be a pretty quick comeback. ”
Eakins joined players Cam Fowler, Josh Manson, Anthony Stolarz and Troy Terry and assistant coaches Joe Piscotty and Geoff Ward in the tournament’s protocol. Eakins is the only Ducks coach or player to have tested positive as of Friday, according to Stothers. Also, no one has ever escaped the tournament’s protocol.
The Ducks begin a five-game trip on Monday in Boston that will take them to the All-Star break. Eakins is likely to miss the Bruins and possibly more as the next three are against Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and cross-border travel to and from Canada complicates matters further.
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