Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda will take the lead behind the bench while the team deals with multiple personnel in COVID-19 protocol.
The Wings announced Saturday morning that head coach Jeff Blashill, assistant coach Alex Tanguay, and players Givani Smith, Carter Rowney and Alex Nedeljkovic were placed in quarantine following positive tests.
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This is the first time the Wings have dealt with coaching personnel entering protocol. Forwards Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen were placed in protocol Wednesday, two days after Marc Staal and Tyler Bertuzzi emerged from 10-day quarantines. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser has also been in protocol this season.
Griffins head coach Ben Simon and assistant coach Todd Krygier will join Houda behind the bench.
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