The Latest: Sabres coaches placed in NHL COVID protocol

The puck bounces out of the net after Buffalo Sabres' Victor Olofsson (68) scored on a penalty shot on Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (35) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Pittsburgh. Olofsson was awarded a penalty shot on the play and scored on that. The Penguins won 5-2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
The puck bounces out of the net after Buffalo Sabres' Victor Olofsson (68) scored on a penalty shot on Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (35) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Pittsburgh. Olofsson was awarded a penalty shot on the play and scored on that. The Penguins won 5-2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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Buffalo Sabres interim coach Don Granato and assistant Matt Ellis have been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

The development leaves general manager Kevyn Adams taking over behind the bench for Buffalo’s game at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

The team made the announcement two hours before the opening faceoff.

This marks the second time the Sabres have been hit by COVID-19 in two months. Buffalo’s season was paused for two weeks in early February after nine players and then-coach Ralph Krueger were placed in the protocol.

Krueger was fired last week.

Buffalo is coming off a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, which extended the team’s winless skid to a franchise-worst 0-13-2. It matches the NHL’s longest skid since the Phoenix Coyotoes went 0-8-4 with three ties from Feb. 21 to March 21, 2004.