Three Edmonton Oilers games postponed as NHL halts cross-border travel
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By Zach Laing1 year ago
The Oilers will be home for Christmas.
The NHL announced Sunday afternoon that a total of 12 games would be postponed through the holiday break due to growing concerns about cross-border travel.
“Due to the concern about cross-border travel, and given the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions, effective on Monday, all games involving a Canadian-based team playing a U.S.-based team from Monday, Dec. 20, through the start of the holiday break on Dec. 23, will be postponed and rescheduled,” the league said in a statement.
The Oilers have already been affected by this with Jesse Puljujarvi stuck in Seattle after he entered COVID-19 protocols Saturday afternoon. The team will miss three games this week: the Anaheim Ducks at home Monday, followed by what were road visits to the LA Kings and San Jose Sharks Wednesday and Thursday.
Monday, Dec. 20
- Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders
- Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers
Tuesday, Dec. 21
- St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators
- Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks
Wednesday, Dec. 22
- Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers
- Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars
- Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings
Thursday, Dec. 21
- St. Louis Blues at Toronto Maple Leafs
- Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators
- Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils
- Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks
- Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks
The league said they are expecting the regular season to otherwise resume as normal.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at email@example.com.
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