After missing practice on Wednesday, Josh Bailey was added to the list of players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol. Bailey became the first New York Islanders player to make the list since the season started last week.
Josh Bailey was not on the ice on Wednesday and Islanders coach Barry Trotz said that he was “not available” when asked about his absence by NYI Hockey Now. However, the Islanders bench boss lent hope to the idea that Bailey could be available on Thursday when they face the New Jersey Devils.
Bailey’s appearance on the list does not mean he has tested positive for COVID-19, but teams are being cautious under the circumstances.
Per the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols there are several reasons a player could find their way onto the protocol list. Josh Bailey could have symptoms, but not the virus. NHL rules say that symptomatic players have to test negative twice or must go 10 days without symptoms.
Asymptomatic players can leave quarantine if they test negative for COVID or go 10 days without symptoms.
Michael Dal Colle skated with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Leo Komarov during practice at Northwell Health Ice Center. Ross Johnston rotated into the line as well.
Kieffer Bellows skated with Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson, according to Newsday’s Laura Albanese.