When will Charlie McAvoy return? Bruins defenseman placed in COVID-19 protocol

The Bruins were without star defenseman Charlie McAvoy for Game 4 as he was placed in COVID protocol ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Hurricanes, and he will be out for longer. 

The team made the announcement less than 30 minutes before Game 4. According to coach Bruce Cassidy, the team found out shortly before warmups on Sunday. 

The NHL and NHLPA agreed after the All-Star Break not to test asymptomatic players that are vaccinated for COVID-19, so McAvoy must have shown symptoms for a test to be required. 

The Bruins are already without Hampus Lindholm, who was hurt in Game 2 after a hit from Andrei Svechnikov. As a result, Josh Brown and Mike Reilly have entered into the lineup. 

Despite not having their top two defenseman, the Bruins were able to grab a crucial Game 4 win, taking down the Hurricanes by a score of 5-2 on Sunday to even the series 2-2. 

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McAvoy has been Boston’s top defender all season long. In the three playoff games against Carolina, McAvoy has two assists and 14 hits, while averaging 25:15 time on ice. 

The Bruins lost the first two games of the series in Carolina before taking Game 3 and 4.

Why isn’t Charlie McAvoy playing?

McAvoy was ruled out on Sunday after he was placed in COVID protocol ahead of Sunday’s Bruins-Hurricanes matchup. 

The team made the announcement less than 30 minutes before the start of Game 4, with the discovery coming during warmups.

How long is Charlie McAvoy out?

According to NHL COVID protocol rules, a player must remain in isolation for at least five days. 

This means that not only is McAvoy out for Game 4, but he is out for Game 5 and Game 6, if the series gets that far. 

If the series reaches a Game 7, McAvoy could be available. That game is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. 

How to watch Bruins vs. Hurricanes Game 5

The Game 5 contest is on at 7 p.m. ET on Tueday. The game is being played at TD Garden in Boston. 

Viewers in the U.S. can watch the game on ESPN or stream it on ESPN.com. Canadian viewers can watch on SN 360. 

Date Site Time (ET) TV
Tue., May 10 at Carolina 7 p.m. ESPN, SN360, TVA Sports
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