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Nathan MacKinnon remains in COVID protocol, won’t travel with the Avalanche – The Denver Post

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Avalanche middle Nathan MacKinnon had one other optimistic COVID-19 check on Saturday and won’t travel with the crew to Washington on Monday, coach Jared Bednar mentioned after Sunday’s follow.

MacKinnon missed the Avs’ first two video games of the season — a 4-2 win over Chicago and 5-3 loss to St. Louis at Ball Arena — after testing optimistic final Monday. NHL COVID protocol requires two consecutive-day detrimental exams for a participant to rejoin his crew.

Defenseman Jack Johnson, who missed Saturday’s recreation towards the Blues due to a optimistic check, examined detrimental on Saturday and can travel with the Avs if Sunday’s check can be detrimental.

Colorado’s three-game journey options stops at the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, the Florida Panthers on Thursday, and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. The depleted Avs are simply $24,483 beneath the $81.5 million wage cap, in accordance with CapFriendly.com, and once more may not have the ability to produce a full 20-player lineup this week. They had a 19-player lineup Saturday towards the Blues.

“There’s different options that we can look at to try to field the best team we possibly can for the game in Washington,” Bednar mentioned.