What this means for the NHL
Scott Burnside, NHL senior writer: This final COVID-19 report before the start of the season marks a line in the sand in terms of how the NHL handles positive tests. Dating back to the bubble playoffs, the league would regularly report the number of players, tests and outcome of those tests. Starting Wednesday with the first five games of the pandemic-shortened season, the league will not only reveal those testing numbers but will for the first time identify players who have tested positive. That transparency will be critical as the NHL tries to shepherd its 31 teams through a season where positive tests are expected to be part of the NHL reality.
What this means for the Stars
Saad Yousuf, Stars beat writer: The Stars’ roster has been decimated due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Dallas returned to practice on Tuesday after five days off the ice but was without 14 players that had previously practiced with the team in training camp last week. There’s no timetable for when those players will return to the team, but as it stands right now, the Stars only have seven forwards and two defensemen that played in the NHL last season.
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