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Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen enters COVID-19 protocol

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Dec 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Brad Larsen during the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Brad Larsen and assistant coach Steve McCarthy entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday.

Associate coach Pascal Vincent will lead the team in Larsen’s absence, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.

The Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight games (0-1-2), host the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Larsen, 44, has guided Columbus to a 32-29-5 record in his first year at the helm. The Blue Jackets entered Tuesday 15 points behind the Washington Capitals for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, with 16 games remaining.

–Field Level Media