Colorado Avalanche games postponed in new year ‘due to COVID concerns’ | avalanche

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche aren’t expected to play their next game until 2022, as a round trip against the Dallas Stars was postponed Monday afternoon.

The NHL has announced “due to COVID-related concerns” Wednesday’s home game and Friday’s road game against Dallas have been postponed with catch-up dates yet to be determined.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Stars had eight players and two staffers in COVID-19 protocol. Roope Hintz and Esa Lindell were added on Monday, joining Radek Faksa, Jani Hakanpaa, Miro Heiskanen, Joel Kiviranta, Michael Raffl and Jason Robertson, along with two support staff.

Meanwhile, four Avalanche players were on COVID protocol following the return of defenseman Kurtis MacDermid on Monday. Colorado announced on Sunday that forwards Nazem Kadri, Logan O’Connor and Mikko Rantanen and goaltender Pavel Francouz are still in protocol.

All but Francouz (Jan. 5) are expected to return by the date of the Avalanche’s next scheduled game Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks at Ball Arena.

Colorado has now postponed seven games from December. Two were home games.

“Over the past two years, we’ve learned to deal with those kinds of situations,” Avalanche forward JT Compher said. “The guys are doing a great job of staying fit, whether it’s during the stoppage, the long breaks or the times when we’re not playing.

“That’s our job. We’ll be ready to go when we get the chance.”

The Avalanche recalled forward Mikhail Maltsev and goaltender Hunter Miska to round out the newly resurrected “taxi squad,” then immediately reassigned them after practice. The Colorado Eagles have road games scheduled for Wednesday and Friday.

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