Coyotes place Carter Hutton in COVID protocol
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Carter Hutton Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes placed Carter Hutton in the COVID protocol, despite him not even being on the active roster. The injured netminder was nearing a return, but now it appears the decision on which goaltenders to carry with the team won’t have to be made for a little while longer.

Hutton joins Andrew Ladd and Johan Larsson in the protocol, but the team did not confirm whether or not he tested positive for coronavirus. If he did and is experiencing any symptoms, the netminder will be held out a minimum of 10 days.

Without him, the team will continue to go with Karel Vejmelka and Scott Wedgewood, a pair that has actually been relatively good for the team so far. In fact, Wedgewood has a .940 save percentage in his six appearances, winning three times. While Vejmelka has a .905, quite a bit better than Hutton’s early-season showing, he still amazingly has a 1-9-1 record on the year.

The Coyotes take on the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday evening, looking for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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