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Islanders’ Mathew Barzal placed in COVID-19 protocol

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Dec 2, 2021; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck against San Jose Sharks during the second period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2021; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck against San Jose Sharks during the second period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders star forward Mathew Barzal was placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and has been ruled out for Tuesday’s road game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“He will not play tonight, he’s in COVID protocol,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said following the team’s morning skate.

Barzal, 24, has recorded team-leading totals in both assists (12) and points (17) in 23 games this season. He is riding a six-game point streak (one goal, eight assists).

Barzal has 269 points (81 goals, 188 assists) in 312 career games since being selected by the Islanders with the 16th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Barzal was named the Calder Trophy recipient after collecting 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in 2017-18.

–Field Level Media