The Carolina Hurricanes will resume their season Thursday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, SUN, NHL.TV) after four games were postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Forward Jordan Staal, who said he tested positive for the virus on Jan. 15, practiced Tuesday and is expected to play, but forwards Teuvo Teravainen, Jesper Fast, Warren Foegele and Jordan Martinook, and defenseman Jaccob Slavin did not practice and will not play. Each is in COVID-19 protocol.
"There's a lot of concerns," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Tuesday after their first full practice since closing their facilities Jan. 19. "No. 1, you're missing a lot of guys. It wouldn't matter if we had been playing all along, that would be a huge concern. You add in the fact that [the healthy players] have been sitting around, we try to do the best we can. The conditioning level goes right out the window very quickly when you're not on the ice every day, so that's a concern. But you've got to deal with it. The excuse jar is full."
Forwards Morgan Geekie, Steven Lorentz and Max McCormick, and defensemen Jake Bean and Joakim Ryan, who are on the taxi squad, practiced with Carolina on Tuesday. The Hurricanes will consider recalling another forward from Chicago of the American Hockey League.