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Blackhawks Bits: Kevin Lankinen added to COVID-19 protocol

The Chicago Blackhawks have largely avoided any significant COVID-related issues to this point in the 2021-22 NHL season, but it appears those fortunes are starting to turn against them.

During Friday’s practice, the team announced that goaltender Kevin Lankinen was placed in COVID-19 protocol:

MEDICAL UPDATE: Goaltender Kevin Lankinen will not participate in practice today (COVID-19 Protocol).

— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 31, 2021

With No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury added to the protocol earlier this week, the Blackhawks will now be without their top two goalies for Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators.