Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger tests positive for COVID-19

Buffalo Sabres' head coach Ralph Krueger stands behind his bench during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger has tested positive for COVID-19 and will enter the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Thursday.

The 61-year-old has a 4-4-2 record through 10 games is in his second season as head coach of the Sabres. Buffalo last played on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils, who have 17 players on the NHL's COVID Protocol List.

The league postponed Sabres games through at least Feb. 8 on Wednesday and the team's training facility has been closed effective immediately. Buffalo recently added Taylor Hall, Rasmus Ristolainen, Brandon Montour and Tobias Rieder to the league's COVID Protocol List.

Approximately 90 players have appeared on the COVID Protocol List during the first three weeks of the season. As a result, the NHL has postponed more than 20 games so far this season less than a month into the campaign.

Late Wednesday, the NHL sent teams some revised COVID-19 rules to enhance airflow in arenas and ensure more physical distancing between players when not playing games.

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