The Dallas Morning News

NHL opts against Canucks returning Friday

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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.

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