The Ducks’ games on Monday against the Oilers in Edmonton and Thursday against the Canucks in Vancouver were postponed to Sunday as the NHL and the players’ union restricted cross-border travel for United States and Canadian-based teams due to the Christmas break. agreed to do. COVID-19 outbreak in both countries.
The move means the Kings’ home game against the Oilers was postponed on Wednesday as well. No make-up dates were announced for any of the 12 games pitting American teams against Canadian teams. The league has already postponed 27 games due to the surge in cases.
Tuesday’s duck game against the Flames in Calgary had already been postponed due to an outbreak among Flames players, coaches and staff members. As of Sunday afternoon, the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol had nineteen players, the most among the league’s 32 teams.
“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 will be postponed, postponed and rescheduled,” the league said while announcing the postponement.
In addition, the league and union said the season would not be halted, citing the low number of positive cases “that have resulted in associated symptoms or serious illness. Therefore, medical experts from the NHLPA and the NHL have determined that, with almost all players and club hockey staff fully vaccinated, the need to temporarily shut down individual teams continues on a case-by-case basis. should go.
As of Sunday afternoon, the Ducks had no players in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol; The Kings had three players: center Philippe Danault, defenseman Drew Doughty and goaltender Cal Peterson. The Ducks’ next scheduled game is against the San Jose Sharks on December 27 at Honda Center. The Kings face the Capitals in Washington on Sunday.
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