NHL Buzz: Blackhawks cancel practice out of COVID-19 caution

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Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks canceled their practice scheduled for Saturday.

The decision was made “out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure of COVID-19”.

The Blackhawks are scheduled to play the Columbus Blue Jackets at United Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-O, NHL.TV). They lost to the Blue Jackets 2-1 on Friday.

Chicago forwards Alex DeBrincat and Lucas Wallmark, and defenseman Adam Boqvist had previously been placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol.

Colorado Avalanche

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will be out for an undetermined period with a lower-body injury, coach Jared Bednar said Friday.

Bellemare was injured during the first period of a 3-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday when forward Ryan Donato lost an edge and fell into him. Bellemare didn’t put any weight on his left leg when he was helped off the ice.

“He’s going to miss some time,” Bednar said of the forward. “I don’t have a time frame exactly. We’ll see how he progresses, [see] what he’s able to do off the ice.”

Bellemare was playing center on the fourth line with left wing Tyson Jost and right wing Kiefer Sherwood, and he also was killing penalties. Sherwood has replaced Matt Calvert, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury and is out indefinitely.

The Avalanche, who play at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, ALT, NHL.TV) and Sunday, recalled defenseman Jacob MacDonald and forwards Shane Bowers and Logan O’Connor from Colorado of the American Hockey League, assigning them to the taxi squad.

“Whenever we go on the road, we’re going to load up that taxi squad so we have enough guys in case something happens on the road with injuries,” Bednar said. — Rick Sadowski

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