Jared Bednar was not at the T-Mobile Arena for the Colorado Avalanche skating session early Thursday morning due to irregularities with the coach’s COVID-19 test results, a Colorado spokesperson said.
Avalanche faces eliminations against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup second round on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). They lost three games in a row but led 2-0 in Third period of Game 5 before losing 3-2 in overtime.
“We’re thinking he’ll be back tonight. But if we don’t know, what should we do?” Junus Donskoy said. “We have been talking about what we need to do better for a long time. And I think the last game was a good game from us. So we are just looking to build and win the game tonight.”
defender Devon Toews said other members of the coaching staff led the practice.
“We have a good routine on match day with our skates. So there isn’t much coaching to do there,” Toews said. “We know our routine and what we’re doing. So it’s normal.”
Tuws said he didn’t know if Bednar was the only one missing. No one can comment.
“I can’t tell you,” said Thews, “I have no clue. we come to the skating rink get ready There’s nothing to think about, at that stand we come to the skating rink. We are preparing for tonight’s game. If we have Jared We have Jared. and if we don’t We’re also prepared, you know, we’re ready to go as a group. We are ready and we are excited about the challenge.”
Game 7 of the series, if needed, will be at the Ball Arena on Saturday.