Sharks' game Monday postponed as NHL delays season restart


The Sharks were scheduled to return to action Monday, Dec. 27 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center, but the first meeting of the season between the division rivals won't happen.

The NHL paused the 2021-22 season earlier this week to combat the rising COVID-19 cases. The plan was to resume the season Monday, but the league announced Friday that the restart will be delayed by at least one day in order to give them more time to analyze testing and determine if teams are ready to play games.

San Jose's next scheduled game is at home against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, Dec. 28 when the NHL currently plans to resume the season.

The Sharks had two games this week postponed prior to the NHL pausing the season. When the league stopped all cross-border travel between the US and Canada, San Jose's games at SAP Center against the Vancouver Canucks this past Tuesday and against the Edmonton Oilers this past Thursday were postponed.

Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl and Jonathan Dahlen are the Sharks players currently in health and safety protocol.

The Sharks are 15-14-1 (31 points) and sit in sixth place in the Pacific Division.

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The NHL also announced this week that they won't send players to the 2022 Beijing Olympics, which are scheduled to begin Feb. 4 and run through Feb. 20. The league was scheduled to take a break to allow players to participate in the Olympics, but they now could use those open dates in February to make up the games postponed during the current pause in the season.