The Tampa Bay Lightning have halted Phase 2 of their NHL restart.
As the NHL moves forward with its multi-tiered plan to restart the 2019-20 season after pausing due to coronavirus, the Lightning will temporarily close their training facilities after multiple players and staffers tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports on Friday.
Per TSN, three players and two staff had positive tests, while remaining players and staff are being tested. In the absence of any further positive tests, the Bolts’ facility is expect to re-open.
Florida has seen its coronavirus cases surge in recent days, potentially complicating the NBA and MLS’ plan to reopen in Orlando.
The Lightning join the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins have all had players test positive for the novel coronavirus in recent weeks. The Lightning were the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference at the time of the coronavirus shutdown and are among the top contenders for the Stanley Cup.