If the first round series against the Edmonton Oilers didn't already look tough for the Chicago Blackhawks, it just got much tougher.
After two defensemen were missing from practice, head coach Jeremy Colliton revealed that they've both been deemed "unfit to play".
With Chicago having already possibly lost Corey Crawford for the entire playoffs because of the same label, this just makes it worse.
Both Connor Murphy and Olli Maatta are the two players who aren't allowed to hit the ice at the moment.
Whether this is from a positive COVID-19 test or some other injury, if both can't play in the playoffs a first round win is starting to look impossible.
If the Hawks are without Crawford, Murphy and Maatta along with Andrew Shaw who's already opted out, do they honestly have any chance?
I hate so assume stuff, but if Connor Murphy & Olli Maatta (both declared "unfit to play" today by Jeremy Colliton) aren't back on the ice by Monday, isn't it safe to assume both have COVID? That would be 4 days. We'll wait and see, but this whole restart thing is just bizarre.
— John Dietz (@johndietzdh) July 17, 2020