All games for the Colorado Avalanche were postponed this week due to COVID-19 league protocols. The most recent game played was on 2/2/21 against the Minnesota Wild at Ball Arena in a 2-1 win for the Avs Faithful. Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Jost joined the COVID-19 list last Thursday with defenseman Samuel Girard joining last Sunday. Colorado’s training facilities were closed and will remain that way until at least the 11th. The next earliest game the Avs can play is on February 14th against the Vegas Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena.

The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Health who determined that more caution was warranted while the parties are analyzing test results in the coming days.

NHL Public Relations, per media release
Photo Origin: Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire

Getting the Avalanche Alright

The Colorado Avalanche roster will get the opportunity to rest up after several injuries throughout the weeks. Big names like Nathan MacKinnon, Erik Johnson, and Pierre-Édouard Bellemare were out before the pause. Devon Toews, Pavel Francouz, and Matt Calvert stay on the injured reserve.

It’s a terrible situation all around. The captain Gabriel Landeskog, forward Tyson Jost, and defenseman Samuel Girard are involved in the league COVID-19 protocol.

The Avalanche are still competitive in the West division. Teams like the St. Louis Blues and the Vegas Golden Knights have passed them in the standings, but not by much.

MacKinnon Crunch is a fan-favorite in Colorado with many talking about it on the ColoradoAvalanche subreddit. In addition, Nathan MacKinnon dropped in on a Fortnite stream to share he’s good to go when the Avs hit the ice again.

Rest and Recover

I’m hoping for the best for the players and their families on both Minnesota and Colorado. It’s a situation that should never, ever, come with the game.

Photo Origin: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The Important

Health and wellness should always come first and I’m hoping the Avs can return to 100-percent. It’s not a time to point fingers or name names. Here’s to hoping they can tear it up on the 14th against Vegas!

Go Avs Go!

My name is Aaron Fesh, and I am a contributor to West Division NHL content for Belly Up Sports. I spent the 2019-20 season with the National Hockey League as a member of their NHL Power Players Youth Advisory Board. I am proud to be a member of Belly Up Sports. Please follow @AaronFesh and @BellyUpHockey on Twitter for more content like this!

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