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Vegas Golden Knights
Alex Pietrangelo and Evgenii Dadonov were placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol and will not be available when the Golden Knights host the Tampa Bay Lightning (10 p.m. ET; SN360, SN (JIP), TVAS, ATTSN-RM, BSSUN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
Pietrangelo did not participate in the morning skate, but Dadonov did. Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said there would be game-time decisions, but wasn’t specific.
Each will miss his first game of the season.
Pietrangelo leads Vegas defensemen with 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) and in average ice time (25:43). Dadonov, a forward, has scored 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 31 games during his first season with Vegas.
Nolan Patrick was a full participant at the morning skate, but it’s unclear if the forward will return to the lineup. Patrick has scored one goal in four games and has not played since Oct. 22 because of an upper-body injury. — Danny Webster
Joel Eriksson Ek is questionable for the Wild when they return from the NHL holiday break and visit the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 27.
The forward left at 10:35 of the second period in a 7-4 loss at the Dallas Stars on Monday with an upper-body injury after being hit along the boards. He did not practice Tuesday.
“Ek’s getting looked at today,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “We’ll have to wait and see … We hope his outcome here today is more positive than negative.”
Eriksson Ek has scored 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 30 games and leads the NHL with 21 drawn penalties.
“It’s frustrating to lose a guy like that,” forward Ryan Hartman said. “He’s a big player for us, hopefully he’s not out too long.”
Jordan Greenway is expected to return against the Jets after the forward missed the game Monday with a lower-body injury.
“[Greenway] was here [at practice]” Evason said. “We anticipate [Greenway] should be ready to go.” — Jessi Pierce