The Kings received notice today that their Wednesday game against the Edmonton Oilers has been postponed by the NHL as part of a series of COVID-related precautionary measures.
The number of postponements was rapidly approaching 40 games through December 23 according to the announcement, and those postponements would include a trip to Edmonton to face the Ducks on Monday, the Kings on Wednesday and the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. No date for the rescheduled Games was yet set.
Although the Kings have entered a number of players into COVID-related protocols over the past week, defenseman Drew Doughty ahead of last Thursday’s win in Florida, Cal Peterson’s loss to Carolina on Saturday and Sunday’s game against Washington. The first had put Philippe Danault at the center – he did not meet the somewhat flexible limit for the postponement of events. Instead, the moratorium was related to the limit on international travel.
“Due to concerns about cross-border travel and, given the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions, effective Monday, all games involving a Canadian-based team playing a US-based team from Monday, December 20th on December 23rd The holiday break will be postponed and rescheduled,” the NHL said in a statement.
The league also said it would continue to evaluate players’ participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, starting in February. The NHL and its players’ union were in talks for a return to Olympic competition after not participating in 2018, but the recent emergence of the Omicron variant has compounded the case with COVID cases and hospitalizations. A formal announcement of the current NHL action is expected in the “coming days”, the league said.