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12/21 and 12/23 games postponed
No Vancouver or Edmonton this week
12/19/2021 - By Mike Lee

The NHL announced that the Sharks games on December 21st (vs Vancouver) and 23rd (vs Edmonton) have been postponed. Apparently travel restrictions related to teams crossing the U.S. - Canadian border due to COVID and the Omicron variant spiking are now interfering with games between American and Canadian teams.

The official announcement from the Sharks:
Due to the concern about cross-border travel and, given the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions, all games involving a Canadian-based team playing a U.S.-based team from Dec. 20 through the start of the Holiday break on Dec. 23, will be postponed and rescheduled. Those additional postponements include:

Tues, Dec. 21 vs. Vancouver
Thurs., Dec. 23 vs Edmonton

Fans with tickets to these two Sharks home games are asked to retain them until the dates have been rescheduled.
It's unclear when those games would be made up, or if the Sharks will issue refunds due to the schedule change.

The NHL added more clarification in a statement:
"Although there has been a recent increase in positive COVID test results among players, coaches and hockey staff, there have been a low number of positive cases that have resulted in concerning symptoms or serious illness. Therefore, the NHLPA's and NHL's medical experts have determined that, with virtually all players and club hockey staff fully vaccinated, the need to temporarily shut down individual teams should continue to be made on a case-by-case basis. The effects of recently introduced enhanced prevention and detection measures will be evaluated daily. The NHL and NHLPA, along with their medical experts, will be monitoring not only the number and pattern of positive COVID results, but also the depth of club lineups so as to ensure both the health and safety of the players and the integrity of League competition."
The postponement follows the delay of several NHL games this past week, and three NFL games on Sunday. The fact that these are teams traveling across a national border complicates things. It also applies to all cross-border games through the end of the NHL's Christmas break, which runs from Decemebr 24th through the 26th.


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