The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will resume play later than originally planned now that the NHL has pushed the target date for resumption of games to Tuesday to allow the league an adequate opportunity to analyze league-wide coronavirus testing results and assess teams’ readiness to play.
The Ducks had been scheduled to resume play Monday against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Their next game is now scheduled for Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center.
The Kings had been scheduled to resume play Monday with a game at Arizona. Their next game is now scheduled for Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights in their first game at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena.
Players will report back to their teams Sunday. Upon return from the holiday break to team facilities, no individual in the team’s traveling party shall enter the facility, other than for testing purposes, until they have a negative test result.
It is expected the league will provide an update on its return-to-play plans by the end of Sunday, according to the league.
The Ducks have had four consecutive games postponed. They have not played since Dec. 17 when they lost to the Arizona Coyotes, 6-5, in overtime at Honda Center.
Games in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver planned for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday were postponed after the league and its players union announced Sunday that all games involving a Canadian-based team playing a U.S.-based team through Thursday’s planned start of the holiday break would be postponed and rescheduled due to COVID-19 issues.
The Kings have had three consecutive games postponed. They have not played since Sunday when they defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in Washington.
Their game against Edmonton planned for Wednesday was postponed because of the ban on cross-border play.
The NHL announced Monday it would begin its holiday break two days earlier than planned at the conclusion of Tuesday’s play because of a significant increase of players landing in the league’s COVID-19 protocol. The earlier start to the holiday break meant the Kings’ road game against the Vegas Golden Knights scheduled for Thursday would be postponed.