The NHL has released the first part of what will be a daily COVID-19 update, confirming that both Kasperi Kapanen and Shayne Gostisbehere are unavailable for Wednesday evening’s Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers matchup. Wednesday's complete list will be released later in the night for the full slate of games.
Appearing on this list does not necessarily mean that a player has tested positive for COVID-19, only that one of the league’s protocols has forced him to miss some game action. It also does not mean there is a new occurrence.
For instance, Gostisbehere has been absent from Flyers practice for some time, and it made sense that it was COVID-19-related given how the team could not provide any details. It is not clear why he has been held out or how long he will be missing, only that he will not take part in Wednesday's game. Kapanen is the same, leading to Evan Rodrigues’ placement on the Penguins’ first-line right-wing spot next to Sidney Crosby.
This season, the COVID Protocol Related Absences list (CPRA) will be updated daily here on PHR. Whenever NHL players are officially ruled out, we’ll publish an updated list.