The Dallas Morning News
NHL opts against Canucks returning Friday
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The NHL has delayed the Vancouver Canucks’ return to competition.
The Canucks, who have not played a game since March 24 because of a COVID-19 outbreak, had been scheduled to host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. The league announced Thursday the team would not play that game and did not immediately set a new date for Vancouver’s return.
The decision was made with input from the NHL Players’ Association and medical staff from teams, the NHL said.
Before the league made the announcement, Vancouver forward J.T. Miller said it would be “very challenging and not very safe” to play Friday night because the pandemic-hit team has not had enough time to recover and get back in shape.
The Canucks still have 19 games left on their schedule. Although they’ve fallen out of the playoff race, their games could help determine who gets the Northern Division’s fourth spot.