Senators' COVID-19 outbreak has team missing nine players, canceling practices

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The Ottawa Senators presently have 9 gamers in COVID-19 procedure, the NHL revealed on Thursday. Goaltender Matt Murray, forward Alex Formenton and defenseman Nikita Zaitsev were all positioned in NHL COVID-19 procedure on Thursday by the group. 

That trio signs up with defensemen Josh Brown, Victor Mete and Nick Holden, along with forwards Austin Watson, Connor Brown and Dylan Gambrell in COVID-19 procedure, bringing the group overall to 9.

Senators coach D.J. Smith talked about the break out, stating that, today, the group needs to keep moving forward.

“All you can do is just keep playing. We want to get a win to get everyone feeling good. It’s not the ideal situation, but no one feels bad for you in this league,” he stated. “We’re privileged to play and be in the NHL and we’re going to go out there and give it all we’ve got.”

The group did not practice on Wednesday as a safety measure. The group canceled practice 2 days previously on Monday too.

With numerous lacks on the group, the Senators have actually generated a couple of gamers to assist in the meantime. On Thursday, defensemen Dillon Heatherington and Lassi Thompson and forward Andrew Agozzino were remembered from the American Hockey League.

On Monday, forwards Scott Sabourin and Egor Sokolov were remembered from Belleville, the very same group the others were remembered from. Defenseman Erik Brannstrom was brought from Belleville on Sunday.

“We just want to get through this as a group and get back to playing hockey every day with a full lineup and a healthy group,” Smith stated. “I think everyone’s stressed. You want to win hockey games, you want to be healthy, you’re worrying about a lot of things, but like everything else, it’ll pass and we’ll be better for it.” 

The Senators played the Kings on Friday.

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