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Blues GM Doug Armstrong questions NHL COVID-19 testing

Blues GM Doug Armstrong questions NHL COVID-19
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The St. Louis Blues have the only three players currently on the NHL’s COVID protocol absence list, including regular-season leading scorer David Perron, and general manager Doug Armstrong believes the league’s testing could be flawed.

Armstrong released the following statement Wednesday ahead of Game 2 against the Avalanche at Ball Arena:

“We have discovered discrepancies in Covid test results relating to multiple players. We have been in touch with and are working with the League to address these discrepancies with additional testing and expect to have further information later this afternoon. The League will provide a further update when we have more information. Head Coach Craig Berube and our players will not be available to the media until after tonight’s game.”

Perron did not travel to Denver with the team, along with depth players Nathan Walker and Jake Walman. They are the only players on the COVID protocol list among the 18 teams currently still in action — the 16 playoff teams plus Calgary and Vancouver, who are concluding the regular season in the North Division.

Perron led St. Louis with 58 points in 56 regular-season games and is the club’s only point-per-game player.

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