Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, right, wraps around the net to put a shot against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen, back left, as Kings left wing Andreas Athanasiou comes in to defend in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Denver. The Avalanche were to play host to the Kings Friday night, but instead had three games postponed due to a third player entering COVID-19 protocols. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Three Colorado Avalanche games have been postponed after a third player entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols Friday.

Pending test results, the team could return to practice as early as Wednesday and resume play on Thursday at St. Louis.

The Avalanche were scheduled to host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and Sunday. They were scheduled to play at St. Louis on Tuesday.

The NHL also rescheduled a pair of games between the Vancouver and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Canucks come back from a COVID-19 outbreak. The Leafs were set to play in Vancouver on Saturday and Monday, but the league said the games have been rescheduled for Sunday and Tuesday.

The Canucks have had 11 games postponed since the outbreak hit late last month. At least 21 players and four members of the coaching staff have tested positive for the virus.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Thursday that several players had not yet received the medical clearance necessary to return to the ice.


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