Ahead of tonight's game in Nashville, the Chicago Blackhawks are now dealing with their third COVID-19-related absence.
Just days after Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist landed in the NHL's COVID-19 Protocol, forward Lucas Wallmark has received the same designation.
The NHL has a wide-ranging list of possible causes for placement in the protocol, as outlined below:
These “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.
Wallmark has recorded three assists over five games while averaging 15:30 TOI. He last played on Friday, January 22nd against the Detroit Red Wings before Carl Soderberg replaced him in the lineup.
While a timeline for return is unclear as of this moment, Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said both DeBrincat and Boqvist were expected to miss at least two weeks upon their placement in the COVID Protocol.