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What To Know As The NHL Season Is Paused Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

Coronavirus paralyzed the world of sports. One of them is hockey. Faced with a pandemic, the NHL had to suspend their season to avoid any mass infections to either players, staff, or fans attending to arenas. 

So yes, the season is not done yet, but it's on pause. 

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Is the 2020 NHL season coming back?

No, is postponed. Until now, the NHL hasn't set a date on when the season will resume. Their statement says it will return "as soon as it is appropriate and prudent."

This explains their posture to resume it rather than to cancel the ongoing season.

Does the NHL have a rescheduling date?

There is no specific date for hockey action to return. NHL playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 8, and the NHL said they hoped Covid-19 wouldn't mess the playoffs calendar up. At the time of writing, though, it seems NHL will have to postpone the quest for the Stanley Cup.

What will the teams do?

The prudent thing to do. NHL prohibited teams from traveling, hold practices, or team meetings. At the moment, players and team personnel are in their homes and a state of self-quarantine.

Until the league pronounces and gives the green light (according to CDC) to resume training, teams and players are cautious, following health guides and instructions to stay safe.

What happens to the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Depending on whether the action returns earlier than later, the NHL could push the Stanley Cup Playoffs a bit further, maybe to July. However, if the suspension goes longer, playoffs seeding will be determined by the current points percentage.

Is there any NHL player diagnosed with Covid-19?

Not at the time of writing. The main concern is that the NHL shares 11 venues with the NBA, and since the NBA has players infected, the NHL has taken precautions.

However, a worker for the San Jose Sharks tested positive, so the alarms are ringing.

Is there any chance of Stanley Cup being canceled?

According to NHL's commissioner Gary Bettman, it's a matter of "when" not "if" the NHL season resumes. 

Bettman is clear that the Stanley Cup must be won, not awarded. 

What are the Vegas odds on the Stanley Cup?

Both the Boston Bruins and the Vegas Golden Knights are +600, according to Vegas, to win it all this season.

Trailing just behind them is the Tampa Bay Lightning, that is +700 and the third favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

Four teams are looking for the upset, the Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers, St Louis Blues, and Washington Capitals are all +1000 and are aiming to get things going as soon as the season resumes.