Capitals Will Remain In Chicago On Thursday And Travel To Winnipeg On Friday In Order To Limit Time In Canada

Washington Capitals center Lars Eller told 106.7 The Fan Thursday morning that the team is staying in Chicago on Thursday and will fly into Winnipeg on Friday (gameday) in order spend as little time in Canada as possible.

Eller added that If someone were to test positive (today) for COVID-19 it would be far better to be in the U.S. where the required quarantine period is less than what is currently required in Canada – 14 days. It’s also been reported that there is a longer lag time in receiving test results in Canada.

It’s not clear if the strategy will completely eliminate all player testing while in Canada. Theoretically, if a team is required to test once a day, the Capitals could test Friday morning in Chicago before departing for Canada and return to the U.S. immediately following the game without having to test in Canada at all.

Other teams are employing similar strategies in order to avoid a potentially long quarantine in Canada and avoid being stranded in Canada for the holidays.

Forward Nic Dowd and defenseman Trever van Riemsdyk will not travel with the team to Winnipeg and thus will not play against the Jets because they were recently in COVID-19 protocol.

The Capitals face the Winnipeg Jets Friday night. Puck drop is set for 8:00 PM ET.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Capitals Will Remain In Chicago On Thursday And Travel To Winnipeg On Friday In Order To Limit Time In Canada

  1. Brent says:

    Canada sucks. Full of stupid sheep. Baaa

  2. Tom says:

    Another stupid American

    • EducatedAmerican says:

      Unfortunately… I swear most Americans (or at least ones that understand kid’s Science) don’t follow “Brent’s” sentiment…

      But seriously Fuck Brent and everyone like him…

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