Seven Flames players, three coaches and seven support staff enter COVID-19 protocol
CALGARY — An outbreak that has forced the postponement of four Calgary Flames games worsened Wednesday after seven more players were added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list and the team's return to game play was delayed through Saturday. Head coach Darryl Sutter, associate coach Kirk Muller and assistant coach Ryan Huska were also in protocol along with seven support staff members, the NHL team said in a Twitter post. The Flames said theHead coach Darryl Sutter, associate coach Kirk Muller and assistant coach Ryan Huska were also in protocol along with seven support staff members, the NHL team said in a Twitter post.
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Mitch Marner returned for a pair of games after missing most of December with a shoulder injury.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be short a pair of forwards for at least the first game of their upcoming road trip.
Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall have been placed on COVID-19 protocol, the team announced before practice on Friday.
Marner missed most of last month with a shoulder injury he received after a collision with teammate Jake Muzzin during a practice on Dec. 3.
Marner has six goals and 15 assists in 26 games this season. He has no points in his two games since his return from injury.
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Engvall has four goals and six assists in 10 games this season. The forward has earned praise from Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe recently for his reliability in a shutdown role. His effort has kept him among the everyday players on the active roster.
The team was forced to make adjustments without Marner and Engvall at practice on Friday. Nick Ritchie, who was placed on waivers on Thursday, was back skating on the team's third line.
Ritchie's status will have clarity once the waiver wire passes at 2 p.m. ET.
Ondrej Kase skated before practice and appeared set to join the team for the main session but departed approximately 15 minutes before the session began. Ilya Mikheyev, who was set to practice with the bottom-six forwards, switched jerseys, from white to blue, once Kase departed.
Kase missed the last game with an undisclosed injury. According to Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, the Czech forward "tweaked something" in the gym prior to practice on Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs have had 17 active-roster players land on COVID-19 protocol at some point this season, in addition to three members of the coaching staff and four support staff.
Toronto visit the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
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Tell me if you've heard this before: The Toronto Maple Leafs have a multi-goal lead but their opponents come back to win the game. Wednesday’s tilt against the New York Rangers played out exactly like that, with the Leafs having a 3-1 lead at the first intermission, and the hometown Rags storming back to earn a 6-3 victory with five consecutive goals. Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe called out his team’s effort during his post-game availability, specifically citing the defensive side of their performance.“I just thought we got exposed today for being a team that was just soft… soft and purposeless.