The Avs and Anaheim Ducks aren’t slated to fight over the first dropped puck for another six hours or so, but as of this second, the game is still on despite a positive Covid-19 test to a still-unidentified Avs player.
The positive test apparently was detected last night. That player is in isolation. We should know the identity of the player later this afternoon, via the NHL’s Covid “list.” I’m told that Avs players and staff will NOT need to take any Covid tests at the arena in Anaheim before the game. So, at this point, I would say the game has a high chance of being played.
*UPDATE: It’s Bo Byram. So much for Bo making his return from a suspected minor concussion tonight, like I think would have happened.
I wrote about this a couple days ago, the fact that the Avs still have not been vaccinated as a group, while teams such as the New York Rangers have. I don’t know why this is the case, but I imagine Avs players will be getting jabs soon, somehow. I mean, everyone in the state of Colorado over the age of 16 can get them right now. This is the second time, by the way, Avs have had Covid issues after playing a game in Minnesota. Blame the Wild, right? Sure, sounds good.
The Avs’ morning skate in Anaheim was canceled.
We’ll keep you updated as news develops.
By the way, the Avs are whopping -350 favorites to win the game tonight, and an odds boost from +205 to +250 has just been made available if both teams score in the first period, at SuperBook Colorado.