Canucks looking for sixth straight victory even as some players fight off COVID-19 infections

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      The growing number of NHL players with COVID-19 won't prevent the Canucks from taking to the ice tonight.

      Vancouver is hoping to post its sixth victory in a row, this time in San Jose, even as some team members are battling COVID-19 infections

      Earlier this week, Luke Schenn, Juho Lammikko, Brad Hunt, and Tucker Poolman all tested positive, along with assistant coach Jason King.

      Speaking to reporters today, head coach Bruce Boudreau said that King had a negative test this morning and Poolman has had two negative tests.

      "The other guys have very mild symptoms—nothing crazy—like the cold," Boudreau said.

      The head coach pointed out that the Canucks have experience with COVID-19, which ripped through the team last season.

      "They don't want to go through it again," he said. "They're not as vocal as I've seen them in the first couple of days, but I think they went out there and had a good pregame skate and I think they're going to be ready to play."

      Boudreau also revealed that Thatcher Demko will be back in goal tonight in San Jose after taking the last game off in the team's 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

      The Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, and Philadelphia Flyers all have one or more players placed on NHL COVID protocols.