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Less than two hours before their Wednesday night game against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins announced forward Charlie Coyle will be inactive. Coyle, according to the Bruins, is unavailable due to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Being added to the COVID protocol doesn’t necessarily mean Coyle tested positive. Players can be added if they are in close contact with somebody who has tested positive, or believe they have been exposed to the virus.

This will be the first game Coyle has missed this season. In 19 appearances so far this year, he’s recorded five goals and three assists. With Coyle unavailable, rookie center Jack Studnicka could see an increased role with a bump up to the third line.

Coyle is the second Bruins to enter COVID protocol this season. Forward Karson Kuhlman began the season on the COVID list.

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