Breaking: Kaapo Kakko placed on COVID list out today; K’Andre Miller back

The Rangers have placed Kaapo Kakko on the COVID-19 Protocol List. This is the 20 year-old’s second stint on it. No further information is available at this time.

Kaapo Kakko on NHL COVID List

There’s always a bit of concern when Kaapo Kakko turns up on the NHL’s COVID Protocol List due to being a diabetic. Last time his stint was brief as it was likely a false positive test. Kakko missed one game. Hopefully he won’t miss much time and gets healthy quick.

K’Andre Miller is back in the lineup and that means Jack Johnson is out. Julien Gauthier is back in for Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere will play first line RW today. He’s playing on a new top line with Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin.

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Kakko playing well (Photo by Justin K. Aller/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker, and MSN. Features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.