DETROIT — Tyler Bertuzzi was placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday.
Bertuzzi, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, will be in protocol for 10 days, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.
“I understand he feels good,” Blashill said.
Bertuzzi would miss four more games and could then play on Dec. 14 against the New York Islanders, who last week saw two games postponed due to their number of players in protocol.
Bertuzzi must have missed three games earlier this season due to Canada’s vaccination mandates. Detroit lost each of those games, two to the Montreal Canadiens and one to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“It’s his decision,” Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said ahead of the season. “I’m taking pictures now, but this is the world we live in today and I can’t force anyone. We cannot force anyone to be vaccinated. I am personally vaccinated. My family is vaccinated. I will stop there. “
Bertuzzi was a regular at the Detroit frontline with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond, and is third for the Red Wings with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists).
Red Wings defender Danny DeKeyser is also in the protocol.