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Avalanche have three games postponed due to COVID-19 protocol

Targeting April 21 for return; Donskoi third player placed on list after Grubauer, Byram @NHLdotcom

The Colorado Avalanche had three games postponed by the NHL on Friday, through April 20, due to COVID-19 protocol.

Avalanche home games against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and Sunday, and at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, were postponed. Rescheduled dates have not been announced.

Colorado is next scheduled to play at St. Louis on Thursday. The NHL is targeting Wednesday for the Avalanche to be able to return to practice.

Forward Joonas Donskoi entered NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday. Goalie Philipp Grubauer was placed in protocol Wednesday and will be out at least two weeks, coach Jared Bednar said. Defenseman Bowen Byram has been on the list since April 9.

Colorado (30-9-4) last played Wednesday, winning 4-3 at St. Louis. The Avalanche are tied for first place with the Vegas Golden Knights in the eight-team Honda West Division, seven points ahead of the third-place Minnesota Wild. The top four teams in the division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There have been 53 games postponed because of COVID-19 protocol since the NHL season began Jan. 13.

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