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NHL's COVID-19 numbers on the decline

2021 Seaso Deal Hockey
Posted at 2:22 PM, Feb 18, 2021

The NHL’s COVID-19 numbers have dropped steadily over the past five days.

After peaking at 59 players last Friday, the number was down to 18 after Wednesday night’s action. That marks the fewest on the list since 17 were listed on Jan. 19.

The New Jersey Devils still lead all NHL teams in both the number of players and the number of combined days on the COVID-19 list.

The Devils have had 21 players with a combined 256 days on the list, while the Flyers have pushed into fifth place with players having spent 63 combined days on the list, one more than Carolina.

The Devils practiced on Monday for the first time since Jan. 31, The Associated Press reported.

The Devils, who play the Rangers on Tuesday, practiced Monday for the first time since beating the Sabres in Buffalo on Jan. 31.

According to The AP, the Devils had 19 players on its COVID list back on Feb. 9.

Andreas Athanasiou of the Los Angeles Kings has now spent 21 consecutive days on the list. That's a high among players.