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Canes COVID list grows again as called-up forward Stefan Noesen placed in NHL protocol

Carolina Hurricanes’ Stefan Noesen (29) skates with the puck against the against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Carolina Hurricanes’ Stefan Noesen (29) skates with the puck against the against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Carolina Hurricanes forward Stefan Noesen has entered the NHL COVID-19 protocol, the team said Sunday.

Noesen becomes the seventh player currently in the protocol, joining forwards Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho, Seth Jarvis, Andrei Svechnikov, Steven Lorentz and defenseman Ian Cole.

The Canes’ next scheduled game is Thursday against the Ottawa Senators after upcoming games against Nashville and Boston were postponed because of COVID issues.

Noesen, 28, was one of the callups from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League this past week and one of the more experienced. He played the past two games as the Canes (21-7-1) took victories over the Detroit Red Wings and then the Los Angeles Kings at home.

Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said after Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Kings that Noesen has “played really well for us.” Noesen had 16 minutes of ice time and had a team-high four hits.

The Canes had forward Martin Necas leave Saturday’s game to enter the concussion protocol. It was not known after the game if he would be available should Thursday’s game at Ottawa be played as scheduled.

The Canes have had defensemen Ethan Bear, Brett Pesce and Tony DeAngelo enter the protocol, quarantined and been cleared to return. DeAngelo scored in the win over the Red Wings and Pesce against the Kings.

In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.

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