The Toronto Maple Leafs will be missing a pair of forwards for at least Game 1 of their upcoming road trip.
The team announced Friday before practice that Mitch Manner and Pierre Engvar had been placed under COVID-19 protocols.
Mana missed most of last month because he injured his shoulder after a collision with teammate Jack Muzin during a practice session on Dec. 3.
Mana has scored 6 goals and provided 15 assists in 26 games this season. He has not scored a point in two games since returning from injury.
Envar has scored 4 goals and 6 assists in 10 games this season. The forward recently won praise from Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe for his reliability in a lockout role. His efforts have made him one of the everyday players among active players.
On Friday, the team was forced to adjust without Mana and Engvar. Nick Ritchie, who was exempted Thursday, returned to the team’s third-line skating.
Ritchie cleared the waiver on Friday.
Ondrej Kase was skating before practice and appeared to be ready to join the team for the main game, but left about 15 minutes before the game. After Casey’s departure, Ilya Mikheyev, who was set to train with the back six forwards, changed his shirt from white to blue.
Casey missed his final game with an undisclosed injury. According to Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, the Czech forward “adjusted a few things” in the gym ahead of Tuesday’s practice.
Kase is not expected to be on the lineup when the team visits the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, according to Keefe.The forward will accompany the team on a four-game road trip through Las Vegas, Arizona and St. Louis
In addition to three coaching staff members and four support staff, the Maple Leafs have 17 active players under COVID-19 protocols at some point this season.
Toronto visits the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.