Colorado Avalanche Games Postponed Through Feb. 11 Due to COVID-19 Protocols

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIFebruary 5, 2021

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The NHL announced the postponement of all Colorado Avalanche games through Feb. 11 due to the league's health and safety protocols. 

NHL officials will use the hiatus to further analyze COVID-19 test results from the organization. The team's training facilities will also remain closed until further notice, the league announced Thursday. 

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Schedule Update: @Avalanche games postponed through February 11. https://t.co/o42HHY0569 https://t.co/5YfU4QP8Ky

The Avs were previously scheduled to face the St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes twice each between Thursday and Feb. 11. 

The news out of Colorado follows the announcement of Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger testing positive early on Thursday. The Sabres have seen their games postponed through Monday with the league closing team facilities as well. 

The Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights, Washington Capitols and Winnipeg Jets each have players who are currently in COVID-19 protocol

The Wild and Devils have also been placed on hiatus by the league. 

Additionally, the NHL announced a series of updates to its coronavirus guidelines, including the limitation of time at the game arena, physical distancing in team spaces and a requirement of teams to deploy air filtration and cleaning equipment.