UPDATE: The Bruins' stretch of luck when it comes to COVID Protocols has apparently run out — as the club announced a few hours ahead of puck drop on Wednesday that Charlie Coyle will not play against the Capitals due to the heath protocols put in place by the league to combat the spread of the virus.
It is important to note that a player placed on the NHL's COVID Protocols list doesn't signal that said individual HAS tested positive for COVID-19. Other reasons can include possible symptoms, a false positive test, quarantine due to contact tracing, inconclusive results and more. Coyle skated with the rest of his teammates during Wednesday's morning skate at Warrior — and was expected to center a third line alongside Trent Frederic and Craig Smith.
With Coyle out, Jack Studnicka will likely slot into the third-line center spot, while Sean Kuraly or a number of other potential pivots are available to drive the fourth line.
It's a tough break for Coyle, who was beginning to build some traction in the offensive zone (four points in his last four games) after being mired in a prolonged scoring slump.