Wild have five players added to NHL COVID-19 protocol list

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The Minnesota Wild have had four games postponed through Feb. 9 due to the NHL COVID-19 protocol.

Minnesota was scheduled to play at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and to begin a four-game homestand Saturday and Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes. The first of a two-game set against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday also has been postponed.

The Wild would next play against the Blues on Feb. 11. 

Minnesota’s training facilities have been closed. The NHL is in the process of reviewing and revising the Wild regular-season schedule.

Five Wild were placed in the protocol Wednesday: defenseman Jared Spurgeon, and forwards Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Johansson.

Minnesota lost at Colorado 2-1 on Tuesday, when Spurgeon sustained an upper-body injury and did not play in the third period. Bjugstad, Bonino and Eriksson Ek also played in that game; Johansson did not.

Colorado forward Tyson Jost was also added to the protocol Wednesday.

Wild forward Marcus Foligno remains on the list after being added Jan. 31. Injured goalie Alex Stalock appeared on the list from Jan. 13 through Jan. 21.

Minnesota forward prospect Marco Rossi returned to his native Austria last month to “rest with his family due to complications from [COVID-19].” The 19-year-old was diagnosed with the virus in November.

The NHL has postponed 20 games during the 2020-21 season; two were postponed prior to its start.

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