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Senators Covid Problems Growing

The team is now up to five people on the Covid protocol list

Ottawa Senators v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The Senators Covid problems, which started on Friday when they placed Austin Watson into Covid protocol, have grown over the weekend. Yesterday, Nick Holden and Jack Capuano were placed into Covid protocol after their tests came back positive.

Today the Senators cancelled their pre-travel practice “for precautionary reasons”, and shortly after placed Connor Brown and Dylan Gambrell in Covid protocol. Brown and Gambrell are not confirmed cases yet, so if their tests come back negative they could be back in the lineup for Thursday.

To fill in the gaps Erik Brannstrom was recalled after Holden was placed on the list yesterday, and today’s additions have led to the recall of Scott Sabourin and Egor Sokolov. Parker Kelly was recalled for Saturday’s game, but for Tyler Ennis who was out with a non-Covid illness.

With the possibility of more cases yet to surface, the team has moved to daily testing. They are also tightening up their procedures while on the one game trip to Boston and reverting to last year’s road protocol, such as not leaving the hotel other than to go to the rink.