It was naive to think that the Northern Squad would survive COVID.
The NHL might put in place the most airtight device possible, and it was not immune to any flaw.
Of course, Oilers’ players, coaches and support staff were shocked to learn that, 10 minutes before the ice hit to warm up, Monday’s match was postponed.
But like everyone else, they doubted that one day it would happen.
Canada’s actions are more stringent than those of the United States. We have been living in this bubble for so long that it has become practically normal. We all try to be careful. “However, from the start, we knew it was going to be a possibility,” said Dave Tippet on the topic.
That’s why the Oilers coach invited his players to turn the page quickly. A little over 12 hours later, he invited them to an ice workout at the Bell Center. The type of regular training carried out by the team between days of the match.
Moreover, when they set foot on ice at the Bell Center Tuesday morning, the Alberta capital actors were unaware of the cancellation of the rest of the series against the Canadian.
This type of event is a powerful reminder that a situation, while being controlled, can quickly spiral out of control.
“Nothing should be taken for granted. This is the world we live in right now. We trust each other very much. We are confident that someone close to us will take precautions to keep this virus out of the locker room. So far,” said Nurse Darnell. Everyone acted responsibly. “
At the time of the interview with Nurse and Tippett, it was not known why the names Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia ended up on the prevention list.
So it was daring, at this point, to instill error directly on them. On this topic, Oilers’ players were well positioned to find out.
While visiting Montreal on February 11th, Jesse Bulgujarvi was declared unfit to play due to the same protocol. The investigation finally concluded that Finn’s test result was wrong.
“We know very well how Canadian players feel. When a situation like this arises, you want to make sure everyone is safe. You think about your children, and your family at home,” a nurse said.
The Canadian players are clearly a bit more difficult.
“We don’t have a choice.”
It remains to be seen when these three matches will resume. Obviously, it would be impossible to list them with the current calendar.
The only option that remains on the table is to use the reserve week scheduled between the last day of the regular season, May 8th, and the start of the playoffs.
Initially, the NHL had planned to play the first matches of the Spring Championship on May 11. However, she kept the door open in case she had to resume regular season matches.
“From the start, we knew we had started a season in which we had to adapt to circumstances. We don’t have a choice to deal with the situation,” Tibbitt said.
At the very least, Oilers, whose next match will be held in Toronto on Saturday, could take advantage of the week to fill up a gas tank and treat their minor injuries.
Although they may have preferred riding on the go from their seven-game winning streak in nine matches.
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