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New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils [Fans return, Game #27 thread]

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Spectators are back in the building, while a Devil goes on the Covid protocol list.

New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders
Masks on, fans are back.
Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Islanders welcome fans (in limited numbers, frontline staff and families) back into the building for the first time since the pandemic began as the Devils visit Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.

An emerging item to keep an eye on: The Devils have a player on the Covid Protocol list after a positive test from their AHL affiliate.

Hopefully there is already “an abundance of caution” under revised protocols after previous outbreaks this season among the Stars, Devils and Sabres.

The Islanders, one of the teams that has been unaffected by Protocol List appearances, are rolling and enter the game atop the division.

Ilya Sorokin gets the start tonight. This is the first of three meetings with the Devils in a four-day span, including a weekend back-to-back in Newark.