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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 12:23 pm 
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Each team has training and practice facilities.

Use something like that.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 7:57 pm 
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This whole two city hub concept is fraught with complications. What the plan does not cover is where games would take place, how many teams would be in each location, what COVID-19 testing procedures would be put in place and how to navigate heavy restrictions placed on entry through Canada's borders with the United States.

In essence you would need locations where hotels, restaurants, arenas are connected and entirely self-contained with state of the art services like those found in Edmonton or Vegas. They would also need mitigate transportation i.e. transferring bubble people via bus or other transport from one area of the city to another.

Also what happens if just one person inside the bubble gets COVID? They would likely need to shut the whole thing down for at least two weeks full stop, which I wouldn't think the NHL are keen to do. But also when they move to the Stanley Cup round, presumably the two hub cities will merge. Does that mean another two week quarantine before the SCF begins?

We haven't even touched player safety and the potential long term health risks this poses to the athletes.

It all starts to take on a rather odorous smell. Anywho, let's play some shinny, bring on the Mild and Avs :lol:

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Instead of finishing out the regular season, the league would move to a 24-team Stanley Cup playoffs with a drastically different format than a normal postseason.

Based on conference standings when play was halted, the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars would all receive first-round byes—though they would play each other in a three-game tournament so they aren't sitting idly by.

Meanwhile, the remaining teams would play against each other in a best-of-five series for the official first round of the playoffs. All following series would move back to the normal best-of-seven format.

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Western Conference

No. 5 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 12 Chicago Blackhawks

No. 6 Nashville Predators vs. No. 11 Arizona Coyotes

No. 7 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 10 Minnesota Wild

No. 8 Calgary Flames vs. No. 9 Winnipeg Jets

Eastern Conference

No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 12 Montreal Canadiens

No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 11 New York Rangers

No. 7 New York Islanders vs. No. 10 Florida Panthers

No. 8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:17 pm 
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Sounds like the NHLPA board approved the 24 team playoff format. We may have some hockey this summer. Read that some players are really pissed that the board voted and not the actual players though.

Not sure if that's good for the players' long term health, but it'll be something to watch!

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