Avs' Bednar misses morning skate due to 'irregular' COVID-19 test
Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar could miss elimination game due to 'irregular' COVID-19 test?

The Colorado Avalanche have dropped three straight games to the Vegas Golden Knights in their second-round playoff series and received some surprising news ahead of Thursday's potential elimination matchup in Vegas. 

As Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the NHL's website noted, Colorado head coach Jared Bednar missed Thursday's morning skate due to what's being called an "irregularity" with his COVID-19 test result. As of early Thursday afternoon, Bednar's status for the must-win game was up in the air. 

"We're thinking that he'll be back tonight, but if not we know what to do," forward Joonas Donskoi told reporters. "We've been talking about things that we have to get better at for a long time, and I think last game was a pretty good game from us, so we're just looking to build and get a win from tonight's game."

According to Peter Baugh of The Athletic, no Colorado players missed the skate for coronavirus-related reasons. 

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post tweeted goaltending coach Jussi Parkkila handled whistle duties on Thursday morning.

Game 7 between the Avalanche and Golden Knights would take place Saturday night in Colorado if the Avs can avoid elimination Thursday.

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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