Canucks-Oilers postponed amid COVID-19 issues
A general view of an empty Rogers Arena after the game between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks scheduled for Wednesday was postponed due to COVID-19.  Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks-Oilers postponed amid COVID-19 issues impacting Vancouver

The Vancouver Canucks haven't played since March 24 due to the worst COVID-19 outbreak, to date, of the NHL season and won't be returning to action on Friday. 

According to multiple reports, Friday's game between Vancouver and the Edmonton Oilers has been postponed due to Canucks players lacking adequate fitness to return to competitive play and some reportedly still dealing with lingering impacts of COVID-19 bouts. 

The status of Saturday's showdown between Vancouver and the Toronto Maple Leafs is up in the air.

The Athletic's Thomas Drance tweeted the Canucks don't expect to play until Sunday at the earliest.

Earlier in the day, ESPN's Emily Kaplan reported some Vancouver players were set to undergo medical evaluations and cardiac screenings ahead of the NHL and NHL Players' Association making a final decision on Friday's matchup. On Wednesday, Canucks forward J.T. Miller spoke openly with reporters and said he felt the league was rushing the team back into action and that doing so was "dangerous" for the active Vancouver players.

Before this latest development, the NHL planned to have Vancouver play 19 times in 31 days to complete a full 56-game schedule. The league had already pushed the NHL North division's final regular-season day back from May 8 to May 16, and it's unclear what this latest postponement means for that calendar. 

At least 25 people associated with the Canucks tested positive for COVID-19 amid the outbreak, and many players experienced symptoms such as fevers, body aches, dehydration and fatigue. One player required an IV at his home. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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