We're seeing the Covid protocol list grow again after it dipped following the Christmas break. A few high-profile names have been moved to the list of late, including Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Claude Giroux, Alex Tuch, Ivan Provorov, Sam Reinhart, Trevor Zegras, and many others. My best advice is to make sure your streamers are playing early in the week to try and play from ahead, make your moves closer to game time, and don't wait until it's too late to make the tough decisions with your players out of the lineup.
With Ivan Provorov missing the first game of his career, Cam York draws into the lineup. This is his fourth game of the season, and he has been a little slow to get up to speed thus far with an expected goals percentage in the 30s (that's out of 100, so it's not great). He's going to be running the powerplay soon enough, but he's not going to be ready until next fall at the earliest.
Unlike York, there are a few rookies in Minnesota that are NHL ready. I'm talking about Calen Addison and Adam Beckman. Get those guys a regular lineup spot already!
Kidding aside, Matt Boldy and Marco Rossi look like they will be making their highly deserving and highly anticipated NHL debuts on Thursday. Boldy is slated to skate on the third line, while Rossi looks to be centering the second line with Kevin Fiala in what might be a line that could stick for the rest of the year.