Coyotes’ Lawson Crouse unable to practice due to COVID protocol

Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse shoots during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse was unable to practice or play with the team Wednesday due to NHL COVID-19 protocol.

Crouse was the only Arizona player on a league list of players who were unavailable on Jan. 13, in accordance with the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

The NHL says it will keep an updated list daily of which players are unavailable. No additional details are to be provided, including the specific reason or how long a player will be out.

Players may be made unavailable for various reasons including an initial positive test that remains unconfirmed, a confirmed positive test result, quarantine due to coronavirus symptoms, quarantine due to high-risk close contact with a positive person and quarantine for travel or other reasons.

Crouse was acquired by the Coyotes from the Florida Panthers in 2016. He’s appeared in a total of 230 games for the team, recording 32 goals with 31 assists and averaging 12:42 while on the ice.

The forward is listed on Arizona’s opening night roster for Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks. However, if he cannot play, the Coyotes will be able to move a player from its six-man taxi squad.

Players on taxi squads can be put on the active roster as late as 5 p.m. ET on a game day, giving clubs a better chance of having four lines, three defensive pairings and two goaltenders even if rosters take a hit because of COVID-19 protocols. Teams must have three goaltenders available among the 29 players.

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