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Jets’ Kyle Connor, Nate Schmidt placed in COVID-19 protocol

Mar 10, 2022; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets star forward Kyle Connor and defenseman Nate Schmidt were placed in NHL protocol on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Interim coach Dave Lowry made the announcement hours before the Jets’ road game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Connor and Schmidt will be required to stay in the United States for five days, thus missing the team’s next two games as well. The Jets travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Thursday before hosting the Los Angeles Kings in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Connor, 25, leads the team in goals (41) and points (82) this season. He had eight goals and 12 assists during a 10-game point streak before being held off the scoresheet in the Jets’ 2-1 overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Schmidt, 30, has 31 points (four goals, 27 assists) in 66 games this season.

–Field Level Media