Sources: Canes’ positive tests force PPD vs. Wild

    Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter.

The game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night has been postponed, sources told ESPN.

The Hurricanes had an additional four positive tests come in after Tuesday’s morning skate in Minnesota, sources told ESPN, which led the league to believe it could be an active transmission.

The Hurricanes were delayed traveling to Minnesota on Monday after waiting for COVID test results. Sebastian Aho, Seth Jarvis and a Carolina trainer tested positive Monday, and they stayed behind in Vancouver.

The Hurricanes were coming off a Western Canadian swing that included a game against the Calgary Flames on Dec. 9. The Flames were put on pause shortly after that game when six players and one staff member entered COVID protocol. Three additional Flames players entered protocol on Tuesday.

The Canes and Flames are among a rash of NHL teams right now experiencing outbreaks.

Aho, Jarvis and the trainer are supposed to quarantine in Canada for 14 days, however the team is looking into a private medical flight so they can return to the United States, sources told ESPN. In the meantime, the Canucks have lent the players exercise equipment to use in their hotel rooms.

So far, 23 players have been added to the NHL’s COVID protocol list since Sunday night.

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