The Winnipeg Jets won't be going five full days without facing an opponent after all.
On Friday afternoon, the NHL confirmed that the game between the Ottawa Senators and Jets originally scheduled to occur in Winnipeg on May 7 has been moved to this coming Monday. Winnipeg was initially set to face the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday and Tuesday but had those matchups postponed due to COVID-19 concerns affecting the Canucks.
Earlier in the day, reports emerged that at least eight Vancouver players and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus amid the club's outbreak. The Canucks currently aren't scheduled to play again until next Thursday's contest at the Calgary Flames, but the status of that game is very much in doubt following Friday's developments.
Seven #canucks are now on the NHL"s COVID Protocol list: Alex Edler, Adam Gaudette, Travis Hamonic, Braden Holtby, Quinn Hughes, Zack MacEwan and Antoine Roussel.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 2, 2021
Ahead of the start of Friday's action, Winnipeg sat second in the all-Canadian NHL North standings with 46 points. Calgary and Vancouver both had 35 points, six behind the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa was last with 28 points.
The top four clubs from each division qualify for the playoffs.