After the NBA, the National Hockey League also resumed its course with the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in the first game of five to qualify for the playoffs. The star of the match held in the Edmonton bubble was the Czech Dominik Kubalik, who with 2 goals and three assists dragged the guests to victory, who were good at closing the slope in the first half of the game and resisting the opposing comeback in the third final.
In addition to the Czech, Strome, Toews and Saad also scored. In the Toronto bubble, the Carolina Hurricans of Niederreiter won, with a 3-2 they overtook the New York Rangers. The Swiss player (15'19 ", +/- 0) scored an assist, while the winners' goals were signed by Slavin in the first period, by Aho in the central part and by Necas in the last third.
The challenge saw Carolina make the difference thanks to the great performances of Slavin (2 '), Aho (27') and Necas, who scored on 51 'on assist from Niederraiter. For the Rangers goals from Zibanejad (35 ') and Marc Staal (59').
The actual playoffs will begin on August 11 and, if all goes the right way, they will keep us company until the beginning of October, when the Stanley Cup will be awarded.
NHL 'bubbles' in Canada
NHL will restart from Canada.
The ratification by the League and the Players Association of the agreement for the extension of the collective agreement until 2026 has also confirmed the resumption of the Ntaional Hockey League. The news? The two bubbles have been made official: in Edmonton for the 12 Eastern Conference teams (plus finals for the Stanley Cup) and in Toronto for the 12pm Western Conference.
Starting next Monday, the players, who have obtained the opportunity to participate in the next 2 editions of the Olympic Games (Beijing 2022 and Milan-Cortina 2026), will meet again for the training camp. The qualifying games for the playoffs will begin on August 1st, starting on August 11th.
The Stanley Cup final will start on September 22nd and will end on October 4th at the latest. Also there is eggs given for the draft. A new date has been found for the NHL 2020 draft. The preliminary event for the next season, initially scheduled for the end of June in Montreal, will take place on 9 and 10 October via the internet.
The path towards the recovery of the NHL continues to be littered with obstacles related to the coronavirus pandemic. On the day that coincided with the departure of the teams' training camps, the positivity found among the players rose to 43 people.
As reported by the North American League, all those involved have been quarantined and are following the directives of the health authorities. The season, virus permitting, will start again on August 1st in Canada, in the cities of Edmonton and Toronto.
Meanwhile from August 1st in North America they will also come back to play hockey. The National Hockey League has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Players' Association for the resumption of the championship, which had stopped since last March due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.
As with the NBA, two bubbles will be created in two unconfirmed cities, but they are talking about Edmonton and Toronto, with 12 teams per conference.