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Plenty of time for Flames to think about Jets ahead of lone all-Canadian matchup

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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The Calgary Flames' first opponent if and when the NHL resumes is a team they saw once this season outside. The Winnipeg Jets edged the Flames 2-1 in overtime Oct. 26 in the Heritage Classic outdoor game in Regina.

Nick Bjugstad to remain out of Penguins lineup through planned playoffs

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL post-season without forward Nick Bjugstad. The team announced Wednesday the 27-year-old underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disc.

With NHL playoff format set, talk shifts to tough-to-predict matchups

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed some intriguing matchups on Tuesday as part of the league's 24-team post-season format.

Canada’s quarantine restrictions significant hurdle for 3 cities hoping to be NHL ‘hubs’

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto are in the running along with seven U.S. cities to be one of two hubs if and when the NHL resumes play.

Gary Bettman set to unveil 24-team NHL playoff format if play resumes

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. ET about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer, including a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format.

NHL eyes transition to Phase 2 in early June, including small group workouts

Monday, May 25th, 2020
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The NHL, which was forced to pause its season March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a memo Monday announcing it's targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice rinks.

Isolating away from family a ‘hot topic’ as NHL plots return

Monday, May 25th, 2020
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While the NHL and its players' union are discussing a 24-team playoff format to resume the season, figuring out how to incorporate family time in a potential quarantine environment is one of many hurdles to clear.

Canada’s NHL teams offer varying refund options to season-ticket holders

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
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Canada's NHL teams have offered season-ticket holders rebate or refund options in acknowledgment that no more 2019-20 regular-season games will be played in front of fans in their respective buildings.

NHL players agree to move forward with 24-team playoff format

Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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The NHL Players' Association's executive board authorized "further negotiations" with the NHL on a 24-team playoff format Friday — an important step in the league's bid to resume the 2019-20 season and award the Stanley Cup.

Jets’ Patrik Laine admits his game might look ‘terrible’ if NHL resumes this summer

Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Patrik Laine is eager to get back on the ice. The Winnipeg Jets sniper also knows post-quarantine hockey will feature plenty of rust — at least initially — if the NHL gets the green light to return this summer.