Winnipeg Jets Captain Blake Wheeler Tests Positive, Symptomatic of COVID-19 – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

The Winnipeg Jets have announced that team captain Blake Wheeler has tested positive and is symptomatic of COVID-19 and will not be in the lineup for the 7 p.m. Tuesday home opener for the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Jets say the rest of the team tested negative.

Coverage of the 680 CJOB begins at 5 pm with the Curtis Carpets pregame show.

Wheeler entered NHL COVID-19 protocols on Monday and was not on the ice for practice. No timeline was given for his possible return to the lineup.

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“We never had to deal with it last year, so it’s a definitely weird scenario to go through,” said Mark Scheifele during his post-morning skating media availability.

“Obviously it sucks for him. You hope that he feels good and that he comes back feeling good. Obviously, the virus still exists. “

The Jets are coming off back-to-back losses in Anaheim and San Jose to open the season, while the Wild are 2-0 after a pair of one-goal road wins over the Ducks and LA Kings.

This will be just the 13th game the Jets have played in more than 10 seasons without Wheeler in the lineup, although the 35-year-old captain, who is from Minnesota, missed six of those games last season.

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Jets head coach Paul Maurice said he felt his team was a little “tight” at the start of Monday’s slightly delayed practice, but didn’t feel any jitters during Tuesday’s morning skating.

“It has been part of the world, so we live with it. We are going to be tested every day now and the masks are on all the time, ”Maurice said during his media availability before Tuesday’s game.

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He said this latest adversity can be added to the list of distractions NHL teams deal with almost daily, “whether it’s time zone changes, all those other things that are just factors in all equipment”.

Andrew Copp will move up to the number one line with Scheifele and Kyle Connor for Tuesday’s game. The trickle-down effect of Wheeler’s absence will see Paul Stastny move up to the second row to play with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nikolaj Ehlers.

Maurice said the Jets will dress 11 forwards and seven defenders with Evgeny Svechnikov and Nathan Beaulieu backing away, while rookie Cole Perfetti will be the only healthy scratch.

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