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AHL coach Kris Knoblauch behind bench for Rangers with Gerard Gallant in COVID-19 protocol

Hartford Wolf Pack head coach Kris Knoblauch fills in behind the Rangers' bench during a game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

LOS ANGELES – It’s starting to get weird for the Rangers, who are finally beginning to go through the COVID-19 madness that has affected so many other teams around the NHL.

Kris Knoblauch, the coach of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford, was scheduled to be running the bench for the Rangers in their late game Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. Knoblauch was called up by the Rangers Sunday to take the place of coach Gerard Gallant, who entered COVID protocol that day.