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San Jose Sharks set to return Saturday after COVID layoff

Feb 15, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) celebrates with goaltender Martin Jones (31) and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) after defeating the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks will return to action Saturday night against the visiting St. Louis Blues barring any additional positive tests for COVID-19, the team announced Thursday night.

The Sharks have not played since Monday, when they lost 6-2 against the Minnesota Wild. Forward Tomas Hertl is the team’s only player who is listed on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list.

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San Jose initially was scheduled to play the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, but that game was postponed.

“As of Thursday afternoon, no additional tests have come back as confirmed positive,” the statement said. “If the team and staff continue to receive negative results, the NHL and the NHLPA have approved the team’s resumption of practice on Friday. In such event, Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues will move forward as scheduled.

“The San Jose Barracuda have also received no positive test results and are also scheduled to resume practicing on Friday, and will host the Ontario Reign on Saturday at Sharks Ice at San Jose.”

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–Field Level Media