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UPDATED: Avalanche join Wild with games postponed through Feb 11th

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Minnesota Wild potentially in seven-day quarantine after outbreak

Minnesota Wild v Colorado Avalanche
DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 02: Valeri Nichushkin #13 of the Colorado Avalanche scores on an assist by Tyson Jost #17 against Ryan Suter #20 and Cam Talbot #33 of the Minnesota Wild in the second period at Ball Arena on February 02, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.
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The Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday, but before the game the NHL had put Wild forward Marcus Foligno on the league’s COVID Protocol List. The list means that there was a positive test from himself or someone in his circle found through contact tracing. The hope with isolating Foligno from the rest of the team was that he wouldn’t possibly spread the virus to his teammates, but as of 7pm ET today, five Wild players who played last night have been placed on the COVID Protocol List.

Among those five Wild players is Avalanche forward Tyson Jost, he is the first and so far only potential case the Avalanche have had this season. You might remember that there were several positive cases amongst the Avalanche when the season stopped last March.

The Wild are still in Colorado as the two teams are set to play again on Thursday night. The status for that game is currently up in the air. Michael Russo who covers the Wild for The Athletic is reporting that the five positive players have taken a medical jet back to Minnesota while the rest of the team quarantines in their Denver hotel rooms awaiting tests/further instructions. The Wild are scheduled to be in St. Louis for two games on Saturday.

Here is the full list of players on the COVID Protocol List. Minnesota joining New Jersey and Buffalo as the latest teams with a significant outbreak.

We are 22 days into the 2021 NHL season and 18 games have already been postponed. New reporting from Bob McKenzie indicates that the MIN @ COL game will be postponed as the Wild are facing a seven-day shutdown of their season. Minnesota will visit Colorado again in mid-March where they could fit in a re-match.

UPDATE:

On Thursday evening, the NHL announced that the Avalanche will see their next five games (including tonight) postponed for a later date. This includes the games against St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday, and the games against Arizona on Tuesday and Thursday. The Avalanche will hopefully return to action next Sunday in Vegas.

All the people involved in this decision decided that more caution was warranted while test results come back and so cleaning can take place. The Avs’ training facilities have been closed until further notice. These five games will be rescheduled in the coming days. Stay tuned.