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Canucks get Miller, Martin back from COVID, add Pearson to protocol


VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks got two players back from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol ahead of a crucial matchup with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

J.T. Miller missed two games and goalie Spencer Martin missed Sunday's outing after testing positive for the virus.

Miller leads the Canucks (18-19-4) in scoring with 12 goals and 27 assists in 39 appearances.

Martin has split the season between taxi squad and the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Canucks, and made his debut for Vancouver on Friday, stopping 33 shots as in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers.

COVID continues to plague Vancouver's locker room, though, with forward Tanner Pearson testing positive for the virus on Tuesday.

He joins four other Canucks players in protocol, including star goalie Thatcher Demko, backup Jaroslav Halak, captain Bo Horvat and winger Conor Garland. Assistant coaches Scott Walker and Kyle Gustafson are also on the list.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2022.

The Canadian Press