With the ever-increasing uptick of players going into COVID protocol across the league, the NHL has postponed all games involving cross-country travel through December 23.
Meaning, Wednesday’s game between the LA Kings and Edmonton Oilers will be rescheduled.
— LA Kings PR (@LAKingsPR) December 19, 2021
As shown above, two games on both Monday and Tuesday will be rescheduled, three on Wednesday, and five on Thursday.
In advance of their game against the Washington Capitals, Phillip Danault became the third member of the LA Kings to be placed into the league’s COVID protocol. He joins Cal Petersen and Drew Doughty.
The Kings haven’t been hit as hard – yet anyways – like other teams have. Five teams have already postponed their games through December 27, including the Avalanche, Flames, Bruins, Panthers, and Predators.
Of course, long-term, the uptick in positive cases is surely to have an impact on the NHL sending its players, or lack there of, to the Olympics in Beijing.
According to a follow-up statement from the above, the league is expected to make a firm decision in the coming days.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 19, 2021
We’ll keep you updated as this thing appears to be coming to a head.