Flyers receive some good news on the COVID-19 front


As the Flyers waited in COVID-19 limbo, the team received some good news.

The Flyers' number of players out because of COVID protocol did not grow Wednesday.

Claude Giroux, Justin Braun and Travis Sanheim remained on the NHL's COVID protocol list.

The Flyers did, however, have their game on Sunday against the Rangers postponed. The team is not expected to play again until Feb. 18 against the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Giroux and Braun were placed on the COVID protocol list Tuesday. Braun's 34th birthday was Wednesday. Sanheim has remained sidelined since Sunday, when he missed the Flyers' 7-4 win over the Capitals for COVID protocol. The Flyers' game against Washington at Capital One Arena on Tuesday was postponed.

The Flyers traveled home from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday was already a scheduled off day for the club prior to its current coronavirus-related hiatus. Per league protocols, all teams receive daily COVID-19 tests. If not on the road, the Flyers undergo their testing at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey.

The Flyers have had four players placed on the COVID protocol list at some point this season. Shayne Gostisbehere missed the Flyers' first six games after he had tested positive for COVID-19.

There are a number of contributing factors for why a player can be placed on the COVID protocol list. A player being out because of COVID protocol does not necessarily mean the player tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Devils had 17 players on Wednesday's COVID protocol list. The Flyers were scheduled to host New Jersey on Thursday and Saturday, but those games were postponed Monday. The Devils haven't played since Jan. 31.

The Flyers are expected to return to practice on Monday.

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