The New Jersey Devils announced prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday afternoon (12:30 PM ET, NHL Network) that former Washington Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler has been added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
Per the NHL’s press release, the reason a player is listed as “unavailable” due to COVID protocols includes: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons.
The 23-year-old will not play against the Penguins. The only other Devil on COVID-19 protocol is defenseman P.K. Subban, who announced on Friday that he has tested positive for the virus.
The Devils are eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention in the East Division with a 14-26-6 record and sit only one point ahead of the Buffalo Sabres for last place in the NHL.
Siegenthaler, who has recorded a -6 rating, a 48.59 Corsi-for percentage, a 52.54% expected goals-for percentage, and a 54.24% scoring-chances for percentage at five-on-five in 13 games this season, was traded from the Capitals to the Devils in exchange for the Arizona Coyotes’ 2021 third-round pick on April 11. He has tallied a -3 rating while averaging 17:10 per game, including 2:07 on the penalty kill (second on the team), in six games since joining the Devils.
#NEWS: We have the following updates:
🟥 F Janne Kuokkanen (hand, blocking a shot on Thursday)
⬛️ D Jonas Siegenthaler (Covid protocol) will not play.
🟥 We have recalled D Colton White from Bingo and he will play. pic.twitter.com/NpPEGFkdah
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 24, 2021
By Harrison Brown