NHL postpones Avalanche games through Feb. 11

By Field Level Media
Feb 2, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL postponed all of the Colorado Avalanche’s games at least through Feb. 11 as a result of players having to enter the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

The announcement impacts four games, the Avalanche’s road contests against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and Sunday and home dates against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday and Feb. 11.

Colorado’s training facilities have been closed and will remain closed shuttered until further notice, the NHL said in a statement.

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The NHL is reviewing and revising the Avalanche’s regular-season schedule and a decision when the postponed games will be made up should happen within the next few days.

The Avalanche currently have two players on the league’s COVID-19 list, captain Gabriel Landeskog and forward Tyson Jost.

Colorado is the fifth team shut down, joining the Vegas Golden Knights, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild. The Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes were put on pause because of outbreaks in January.

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The Avalanche are 7-3-1 and were tied with the Blues for first place in the Western Division at 15 points ahead of St. Louis’ Thursday game against Arizona.

The Avalanche’s scheduled game against Minnesota on Thursday previously was postponed since the Wild have numerous players, including captain Jared Spurgeon, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Johansson, on the NHL’s COVID Protocol Related Absence List.

Minnesota’s games are postponed at least through Tuesday.

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–Field Level Media