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Report: New York Islanders Could Be Back on the Ice Wednesday



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Could it be some good news for New York Islanders fans?

The Islanders could be back on the ice at Northwell Ice Center on Wednesday for practice if all players and coaches get negative COVID tests in the morning, according to a report from Arthur Staple of the Athletic. That would not include players that are already in COVID protocol.

Returning to the ice would fit a theoretical timeline that general manager Lou Lamoriello had laid out on Saturday after the league postponed two games for the Islanders. They are scheduled to play the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at UBS Arena.

The Islanders have not made any statements since Saturday regarding test results or the status of that game against San Jose.

“If we test negative for the next three days then that fourth day would be the day before the San Jose game,” Lamoriello said on Saturday. “We would be allowed to practice. That will give us the day before the San Jose game (to practice).”

The Islanders season was paused on Saturday afternoon after the already COVID dilapidated New York Islanders had another player test positive for COVID-19. Casey Cizikas joined an ever-growing list of players that had been in COVID protocol.

Ross Johnston, Anders Lee, Andy Greene, Zdeno Chara, Adam Pelech and Kieffer Bellows had been in protocol already when the Cizikas news was announced. The New York Islanders also had three other members of the organization test positive, but they were not identified.

The Isles did get some good news when Josh Bailey came out of protocol and returned to the ice on Friday for practice, but didn’t participate in their loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that night.

New York had already been struggling when the COVID outbreak struck, but had things exacerbated when the virus began going around the locker room. The Islanders are 21 points out of first place in the Metropolitan Division and are 5-10-2 on the season.

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