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Sabres coaches Don Granato, Matt Ellis unavailable Thursday due to COVID-19 protocols

The Buffalo Sabres will be without interim head coach Don Granato and interim assistant coach Matt Ellis on Thursday night when the team takes on the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Both coaches have entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.

Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams will serve as head coach for the game, but said both Granato and Ellis are feeling great and are symptom free for COVID-19. Adams did not provide many more details on the situation, given that it happened just a couple hours before the official announcement from the team.

With Ellis not also not being available for the Sabres, Rochester Americans head coach Seth Appert is currently en route to help coach with Adams and Dan Girardi. Adams hopes that Appert will be able to arrive at some point during Thursday’s game.

Faceoff in Pittsburgh is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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