Detroit Red Wings' game against Colorado Avalanche postponed due to COVID-19

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The Detroit Red Wings will have to play at least one make-up game because the Colorado Avalanche's season has been put on pause through the Christmas holiday break because of the virus.

The Wings had been scheduled to play the Avs on Monday at Little Caesars Arena, but the NHL shut down the Avs on Friday due to the number of positive cases. The Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers have also had their seasons delayed.

The Wings are scheduled to play the New Jersey Devils at 8 p.m. Saturday, hours after the Pistons host the Houston Rockets, starting at noon. It will be the first time LCA has a Wings and Pistons game on the same day since opening in October 2017.

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Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) push each other in the third period at Ball Arena in Denver on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.
Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) push each other in the third period at Ball Arena in Denver on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

The Wings are dealing with players in protocol, too. Wednesday say Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen test positive, two days after Marc Staal and Tyler Bertuzzi emerged from their 10-day quarantines. Danny DeKeyser also spent time in protocol this season.

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There were 55 games postponed last season because of the pandemic. The Wings played through their schedule when five players (Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Filip Zadina, Sam Gagner and Jon Merrill) caught the virus a week into the season, but the disruption to other teams' schedules caused a Wings' home game against the Florida Panthers to rescheduled from Feb. 21 to Feb. 20.

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