NHL Buzz: Tarasenko out at least two games for Blues, in COVID protocol

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St. Louis Blues

Forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defensemen Scott Perunovich and Jake Walman will each miss at least the next two games after testing positive for COVID-19.

Each entered protocol Thursday and will not play against the Washington Capitals on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, BSMW, NBCSWA, NHL LIVE).

“We’ve dealt with [COVID-19], we’ll just keep dealing with it,” Blues coach Craig Berube told the Blues website Friday. “There is nothing we can do about it.”

Tarasenko leads the Blues with 14 goals and 34 points in 34 games.

Perunovich, a rookie, has six assists in 18 games. Walman has one goal and two assists in 18 games.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Mitchell Marner and Pierre Engvall were placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol by the Maple Leafs on Friday.

The forwards each played in a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Marner is fourth on the Maple Leafs with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 26 games; Engvall has scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 32 games.

It is unclear if they will be available for Toronto’s game at the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Forwards Joey Anderson and Brett Seney were assigned to the taxi squad from Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

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