Montreal Canadiens' Jake Evans (71) moves the puck after taking it away from Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Karl B DeBlaker

Canadiens Evans, Romanov enter COVID-19 protocol ahead of matinee at Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. — Two more Montreal Canadiens players entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols on Saturday.

Forward Jake Evans and defenceman Alexander Romanov were placed on the protocol list just hours before the Canadiens’ matinee game at Florida.

The Canadiens said the two are “being monitored closely by team medical staff and following guidelines and protocols set by the NHL.”

Evans and Romanov join forwards Brandon Baddock, Paul Byron, Laurent Dauphin, Mike Hoffman, Artturi Lehkonen and Tyler Toffoli in protocol, along with defencemen Louie Belpedio, Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmunson, Gianni Fairbrother, Jeff Petry and Chris Wideman, and goalies Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau.

Goaltending coach Eric Raymond is also in COVID-19 protocol.

The Montreal Canadiens are not currently scheduled to play at home again until Jan. 15. A four-game Canadiens homestand between Tuesday and Jan. 10 had already been postponed.