The Colorado Avalanche tries to fight the handball elimination of the Vegas Golden Knights Thursday night, but maybe they will do without their coach. Jared Bednar is absent from the morning skate due to “irregularities in his COVID-19 test results” the team tells Peter Baugh of The Athletic.
In terms of players, everyone who participated in the last game is on the morning skate, except JT Compher, who had missed previous practices are nursing an injury. Hopefully this means that no one on the list has been affected by the tests and there will be no one who will be left out of the game tonight. If Bednar’s irregularity isn’t resolved, the team could reach out to someone like Greg Cronin, the Colorado Eagles ’head coach to help assist Ray Bennett and Nolan Pratt.
This is certainly not an ideal situation for the Avalanche, who lost three games in a row after winning 2-0 in the series against the Golden Knights. Mark Stone he was the hero of the overtime hours Tuesday night, marking the winner and also helping to close the Nathan MacKinnon line. After missing 13 points in the first six games of the playoffs, MacKinnon has been held useless in each of the last three.