Avalanche have three games postponed due to COVID-19 protocol

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The Colorado Avalanche had three games postponed by the NHL on Friday, through April 20, due to COVID-19 protocol.

Avalanche games at home against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and Sunday, and at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, have been postponed. Rescheduled dates have not been announced.

Colorado is next scheduled to play at the Blues on Thursday. The NHL is targeting Wednesday for the Avalanche to be able to return to practice.

A third Avalanche player entered NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday. Goalie Philipp Grubauer was placed in protocol Wednesday and will be out at least two weeks, coach Jared Bednar said. Defenseman Bowen Byram has been on the NHL protocol list since Friday.

Colorado (30-9-4) last played Wednesday, winning 4-3 at St. Louis. The Avalanche lead the eight-team Honda West Division, four points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights. The top four teams in the division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There have been 53 games postponed because of COVID-19 protocol since the NHL season began Jan. 13.

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