Flyers: Giroux, five other players will miss Lake Tahoe game

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers stretches during warm ups before the game against the New York Islanders at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers stretches during warm ups before the game against the New York Islanders at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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Claude Giroux is among the long list of Philadelphia Flyers players who will be unavailable for the big outdoor game at Lake Tahoe on Sunday night. It’s quite tough to see, but the health of everyone involved must be a priority.

Jakub Voracek, Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton, and Justin Braun will all be unavailable to play and will not travel with the team to Lake Tahoe. Their absence is the direct result of being placed on the COVID-19 protocol.

Being placed on the COVID-19 protocol doesn’t always have to mean a player has tested positive, but Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault revealed earlier this week that Claude Giroux tested positive.

The Flyers will face the Bruins in the game on Lake Tahoe and they will be obviously shorthanded. Head coach Alain Vigneault said he’s confident in the Flyers team that they will be able to get the job did and win some games even without members of the Flyers core group.

There hasn’t been a return timetable specified for anyone on the COVID-19 protocol, but it could be a while before we see at least one player from the list suit up for a Flyers game.

Travis Sanheim was placed on the COVID-19 protocol list and was removed after seven days on it. It was later revealed that he never tested positive for COVID-19, and his placement on the list as a result of contact tracing.

The first came back for the Flyers after a hiatus that lasted ten days due to the COVID-19 outbreak is on Thursday night when the New York Rangers visit Philadelphia. It’ll be an interesting matchup to watch that will feature unique line pairings and an NHL debut for one player.