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Could the long NHL layoff lead to higher scoring playoff hockey?

By the time the Stanley Cup Playoffs start it'll likely have been more than four months between NHL games. So, will teams return closer to October form, when more goals are scored, than playoff form?
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Sharks' Karlsson encourages others to come forward and support Kane's comments

San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson is showing his support for teammate Evander Kane, who spoke out last week about the need for allies in the hockey community in light of the issues of systemic racism and police brutality that have come to the forefront amid the protests over the death of George Floyd.
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Ryan Reaves shares his personal views and talks about the George Floyd protests

Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves joined Good Show on Wednesday to share his perspective on the George Floyd protests and diversity in hockey.
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Bettman announces plans for return to play, 2020 draft lottery outline

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has outlined the league's plan to return with a 24-team playoff format and how the 2020 draft lottery will work.
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New Jersey governor Phil Murphy approves activities for pro teams

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL's New York Giants and Jets and the NHL's New Jersey Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition.
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NHL to make announcement on Return to Play Plan at 1:30 PST

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will make an announcement today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT regarding the Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 NHL season. Catch the announcement on a special presentation of Tim & Sid, which will air on Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet 590 The Fan and sportsnet.ca beginning at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
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NHL releases document detailing Phase 2 protocols for return to play

The NHL released a document on Monday detailing Phase Two of its return-to-play plan as the league and its players continue to figure out if, how, and when the NHL can safely return this summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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New York State allowing professional sports teams to resume training

Professional sports teams in the state of New York will be allowed to resume training as of today, governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday.
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Why even include the word "Normal" anymore??

What resonates most about the NHL’s return-to-sport protocol is how much effort will be required just to get six players working out inside the rink together, never mind what’s still to come.
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How A Senior League Hockey Fight Ended With One Player Pooping In An Opponent's Glove

Earlier today, the most intriguing athlete bio in the history of athlete bios made the rounds. Zung Nguyen, a 37-year old defenseman for a Boston-area men's hockey league, became an instant legend for this single sentence:
Stan Mikita is often credited with starting the Curve Craze. Here is one of his old sticks.

Canucks and B.C.'s top doctor show interest in hosting NHL games in Vancouver | CBC News

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there are ways to safely host NHL games in Vancouver if the league goes ahead with resuming the season in a small number of hub cities.

Sidney Crosby Donates 100,000 Meals Through Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby donated 100,000 meals today to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (the Food Bank).

Kelly Hrudey brings awareness to mental health during COVID-19 pandemic | CBC Sports

Former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey has never shied away from talking about mental health, and he is continuing to bring awareness to the important issue in an effort to help those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom to undergo final cancer treatments, making progress; Nolan Patrick ‘feeling better every day’

Oskar Lindblom, who is about to undergo his last cancer treatments, and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder) are making medical progress, Flyers assistant GM Brent Flahr said.

Blackhawks fire team president John McDonough, put owner's son in charge | CBC Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks fired team president John McDonough on Monday, ending a wildly successful run that included three Stanley Cup championships.
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Three potential destinations for Dustin Byfuglien, if he decides to return - Sportsnet.ca

It's a mystery whether or not Dustin Byfuglien ever wants to return to the NHL, but if he does decide to come back, you can bet most of the league will be interested. Here are three teams we think could make an especially good fit.
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NHL Classics: Best of Seven Series for Canadian teams to air on Sportsnet - Sportsnet.ca

Sportsnet is turning back the clock to relive Canada's most unforgettable best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series with NHL Classics: Best of Seven Series. Here are the full broadcast details.
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Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave dead at 25

The 25-year-old native of Battleford, Sask., had been in a medically-induced coma in a Toronto hospital.
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Ex-Swiss goalie Florence Schelling 1st female GM in men's pro hockey | CBC Sports

Veteran Swiss women's hockey goaltender Florence Schelling has been named general manager of one of the top men's teams in her home country.
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NHL considering August return without fans: report | CBC Sports

Uncertainty remains a major hurdle, but the NHL is plotting a late summer return with playoff games in empty venues to counteract the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
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The best of NHLers self-isolating: Pacific Division

From chicken coops to rollerblading with baby strollers, the Pacific Division is keeping busy during the quarantine.