The Montreal Canadiens were without their head coach at Friday’s morning skate. Dominique Ducharme was sent home after COVID proved “wrongdoing”. This is the same situation that happened to Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar during the second round. Bednar was finally allowed to train that night after further tests came back negative.
What NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger notes, Ducharme is fully vaccinated. That does not necessarily rule out the possibility of a positive test result, as there have been significant infections in the past. The coach is currently isolated at home, awaiting further test results.
Montreal faces the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 on Friday after tying the series on Wednesday. Obviously, the Habs would rather do it with their head coach behind the bench, but the game will continue with or without him. At this point, there does not appear to be any irregularity in the player’s testing.