Canucks practice after COVID-19 outbreak, to play Oilers on Friday

3 weeks ago  /  NHL.com  /  Read Time: 3 minutes 9 seconds
Canucks practice after COVID-19 outbreak, to play Oilers on Friday

Article at a glance:

  • Canucks general manager Jim Benning said they are on track to resume the 56-game regular-season schedule Friday at home against the Edmonton Oilers.
  • "Travis is feeling better every day," Benning said.
  • There have been 49 games postponed because of COVID-19 protocol since the NHL season began Jan.
  • "The good thing about it, the way I see it, is in the next couple of weeks, we're still at home, so hopefully our guys get feeling better, their families get feeling better, and then once we get on the road, they have that peace of mind where their families are doing well and they can concentrate on the hockey when we're on the road.
  • "First and foremost, it's about getting healthy, getting back on the ice, getting back in game shape," Benning said.
  • Forward Elias Pettersson, who has scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 26 games, could be close to a return and has been skating, Benning said
  • "I'm hoping he's able to play here by the end of the week, but we'll have a better idea once he meets with the specialist on Wednesday," Benning said
  • Benn did not appear on the list during the outbreak; he missed six games at the start of the season due to protocol.
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