Thursday afternoon, the NHL was announcing the postponement of the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks. Faceoff was to be taking place Thursday, 10 p.m. ET at the Honda Center. An outbreak of COVID-19 in the mdist of the Anaheim roster led the the calling off of the game.
Thursday, the Ducks announced that defenseman Hampus Lindholm, goaltender John Gibson, and forwards Sam Carrick and Vinni Lettieri had entered COVID-19 protocol. The team ended up pulling Gibson off the ice during the morning skate, informing him he’d given a positive COVID-19 test.
Rookie forward Trevor Zegras was already in COVID-19 protocol. Expectations are that Zegras, along with Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond and defenseman Moritz Seider are going to be the top contenders this season for the Calder Trophy.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 6, 2022
Were the game to be going forward, it would’ve made Red Wings franchise history. With Paul Woods unavailable, Daniella Bruce was going to join Ken Kal in the Detroit radio booth on the call of the game. She would’ve been the first woman calling a Red Wings game as part of the team’s broadcast crew.
— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) January 6, 2022
Bruce is going to be working Detroit’s Saturday-Sunday games.
Sixth Postponement For Red Wings
This is the sixth postponment of a Red Wings game this season. A December 20 home game against the Colorado Avalanche and road dates at the Minnesota Wild (December 23), the New York Rangers (December 27), New York Islanders (December 29) and Philadelphia Flyers (January 18) were previously called off.
Make up dates for each of these games are almost certainly going to be set during what was planning to be the NHL’s Olympic break. That is taking place from February 8-20.
The Red Wings won’t be waiting nearly as long to be playing this game with the Ducks. The contest is moving to Sunday, with an 8 p.m. ET start. The Anaheim-Detroit game was to have been launching a three-game west coast trip for the Red Wings.
Instead, it will now be the middle game of the set. The Wings are playing at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
Detroit just defeated the Sharks 6-2 on Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena.