Seven players currently on the Philadelphia Flyers' COVID-19 protocol list will not be ready in time for Sunday's outdoor spectacle at Lake Tahoe against the Boston Bruins, head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Thursday, according to The Athletic's Charlie O'Connor.
Team captain Claude Giroux and veteran winger Jakub Voracek headline the absent group, which also includes forwards Morgan Frost, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, and Oskar Lindblom, as well as defenseman Justin Braun.
The Flyers have been off since Feb. 7 due to COVID-19 concerns. Thursday's contest against the New York Rangers will mark the first Flyers game that won't feature one of Giroux or Voracek since March 1, 2009, according to NHL.com's Bill Meltzer.
Voracek is tied for second on the team with 12 points through 13 contests, while Giroux sits tied for third with 11 points in as many games.
The Flyers return home from Lake Tahoe to host the Rangers next Wednesday and will hope to have their roster back in order by then.