NHL Buzz: Avalanche cancel practice due to COVID-19 protocol

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Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche canceled their morning skate Friday as a precaution because one person tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. That person is in isolation and all other staff and players have tested negative.

Colorado is scheduled to play at the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m. ET; SN, KCOP-13, BSW+, ALT2, NHL.TV).

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander will be out a minimum of seven days because of NHL COVID-19 protocol, coach Sheldon Keefe said.

The forward did not play in a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday because of his exposure to a possible positive COVID-19 case from outside the team. 

Nylander has scored 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 39 games this season.

“From what I’ve heard, all the tests have come back negative so that’s a great sign,” forward Mitchell Marner said. “We’re all trying to do our parts by wearing masks and keeping our distance.”

The Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNP, TVAS2, NHL.TV). — Mike Zeisberger

 
Buffalo Sabres

Drake Caggiula was claimed on waivers from the Arizona Coyotes.

The forward has scored seven points (one goal, six assists) averaging 12:26 of ice time 27 games with Arizona this season.

Caggiula has scored 83 points (42 goals, 41 assists) in 249 regular-season games with the Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks and six points (four goals, two assists) in 21 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

 

Montreal Canadiens

Carey Price will be out until next week with a lower-body injury.

The goalie did not play in a 4-2 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and will not play at Winnipeg on Saturday. He did not travel for a 3-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

“Carey needs a few more days off,” coach Dominique Ducharme said. “He’s been seen by our doctors and he needs some more time. At this point, we think he should be back sometime next week.”

Jake Allen made 23 saves Thursday in his second straight start Thursday with Cayden Primeau as the backup.
Price experienced discomfort during a 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. He played the entire game before he was looked at by medical staff.

Ducharme said the injury had been lingering prior to Monday and the decision to rest him was partly precautionary.

“It just got a little bit worse,” Ducharme said. “We don’t want to get in a situation where it gets too bad and now he’s missing a long time or so on. We want to be careful with that. That’s the reason why he’s going to get a few games off and we’re confident that somewhere next week he’s going to be back.

“From there? We’ll see. Obviously it’s going to be a balance between playing enough, getting enough rest, practice time, with the schedule we have. We’ll see how he is, how the injury is being managed.” 

Montreal hosts Toronto on Monday and the Calgary Flames on Wednesday and Friday. — Sean Farrell

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