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Trevor van Reimsdyk is on COVID-19 Protocol

With the playoffs approaching in the coming months, the Washington Capitals should be encouraging their players to get a booster shot. Anything the team can do to reduce the chance of missing out on a significant chunk of their roster during a potential Stanley Cup run is a smart hockey decision.

Another day, another addition to the injury report for the Washington Capitals. This time it’s Trevor van Reimsdyk who joins his teammate Nic Dowd on the NHL’s COVID-19 roster. TvR is the third Capitals player to be unavailable this season due to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols. Both he and Dowd played against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 28, and just a day after that game, the Hurricanes allowed two players to enter COVID-19 protocol themselves.

The Capitals are still without Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie, Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha, but that doesn’t stop them. The team has managed to scrape together 34 positions, good for first place in the tough Metropolitan Division.

With Oshie and Sheary almost back and Backstrom getting closer every day, it looked like the Capitals could finally turn the corner on health, but missing Van Reimsdyk will be a big loss on the backend. Trevor van Reimsdyk has started every game for the Capitals and has impressed so far this season with 7 assists and a plus-2 rating.

As the season progresses, we will likely see more players join the COVID-19 protocol. According to defender Dmitry Orlov, about 85% of the Capitals’ players were fully vaccinated before last season’s playoffs started, meaning many of the players are at least eight months away from their first vaccination. We’ve seen the effectiveness of the vaccines decline with the six months that played a part in the CDC’s decision to recommend anyone over the age of 18 get a booster shot. While the vaccines still provide excellent protection against serious illness and death, we now know that there are more mild symptomatic breakthrough infections that are enough to force a player onto the league’s unavailability list.

With the playoffs approaching in the coming months, the Washington Capitals should be encouraging their players to get a booster shot. Anything the team can do to reduce the chance of missing out on a significant chunk of their roster during a potential Stanley Cup run is a smart hockey decision.