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Ducks’ Games Postponed Due To Covid-19

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Postponed Games In Canada For the Holidays

Due to COVID-19, the Ducks’ games against the Oilers in Edmonton on Monday and the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday postponed until after Christmas. The Kings’ home game against the Oilers on Wednesday also postponed because of the transfer. There are no scheduled rematches for any of the 12 games between American and Canadian teams.

Other Teams That Have Postponed Games

Because of an increase in positive cases, the league has already postponed a total of 44 games as of now. The Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Canadian teams as well like the Canucks, Flames, Oilers, and more all temporarily shut down. More than 100 players have entered the league’s protocol in the last week, not including coaches like Darryl Sutter of Calgary, Dave Tippett of Edmonton, and Jeff Blashill of Detroit. Many referees and linemen also include in the protocol.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Falmes

The Ducks’ game against the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday has been reschedules due to an outbreak among the Flames’ players, coaches, and staff. As of Sunday afternoon, the NHL’s COVID-19 procedure has 19 players, the most of any of the league’s 32 teams. No, there is no timetable for anyone in the Flames organization to return to the ice, though it is realistic to expect the home game against Edmonton on Dec. 27 to go forward. If the omicron surge permits the NHL to return by then, that is.

Ducks’ Head Coach Dallas Eakins’ Thoughts

At the Great Park Ice in Irvine, the Ducks arrived for their practice warmup on Sunday morning and they had plans to fly to Edmonton for Monday’s game in the afternoon. According to Dallas Eakins, the Ducks head coach, they were prepared, packed, and expecting to play at least two games on their trip.
According to the Orange Country Register, Eakins had said they had just got done with practice and they got word they might shut down the cross-border travel, so the Ducks pushed their flight back and waited. Eakins lastly mentions that the NHL and the (union) agreed and “let them know (the trip would be postponed) and most of the guys scattered out of there.”

Future Plans For the Anaheim Ducks

Furthermore, the league and the union choose not to suspend the season. The Ducks did not have any players in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol as of Sunday. Their next game is at Honda Center on Dec. 27 against the San Jose Sharks. They intended to work out and/or practice at Great Park Ice in Irvine on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

After Christmas, the NHL and NHLPA plan to make an announcement due to the severe outbreak of the coronavirus.

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