The National Hockey League released further details on their return to play. Although a couple of weeks ago the NHL decided that they would return to play, they have yet to come up with an actual schedule. Keep reading for those details! Check out our weekly updated NHL Odds & News on where the National Hockey League stands in regards to its return to the ice on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHL Update.
NHL Update – June 15th Edition
NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs
- When: TBD
- Where: TBD
NHL Stanley Cup Odds
- Boston Bruins +500
- Tampa Bay Lightning +500
- Colorado Avalanche +700
- Vegas Golden Knights +600
- Louis Blues +900
- Philadelphia Flyers +1200
- Washington Capitals +1200
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1400
- Dallas Stars +1400
- Toronto Maple Leafs +2500
- Edmonton Oilers +2500
- Nashville Predators +4000
- Vancouver Canucks +3500
- Calgary Flames +4000
- Carolina Hurricanes +3500
- New York Islanders +4000
- Winnipeg Jets +4000
- Arizona Coyotes +4500
- Minnesota Wild +4500
- New York Rangers +3750
- Florida Panthers +4000
- Columbus Blue Jackets +3300
- Chicago Blackhawks +6600
- Montreal Canadiens +8000
NHL players ready to vote on Phase 3 and Phase 4
Hockey players voted to return to the ice. But they haven’t yet voted on Phase 3 and Phase 4. During Phase 2, only 6 players can step onto the ice at one time. That’s not a true training camp.
The Phase 3 proposal calls for real training camps to open on July 10. Those training camps are expected to last up to 3 weeks.
The July 10 date is important for a couple of reasons. First, it provides players from overseas a chance to create their travel plans. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that 17% of NHL player are currently outside of North America.
Second, the date allows teams to begin the process of opening training camps. It will take discussions and much planning for teams to open full training camps. This is especially true because Bettman wants to test players for Covid-19 every day.
Getting through Phase 2 and onto Phase 3 requires more than just a vote. NHL has yet to decide on where to both train and play.
Canadian cities off the list?
The league is close to taking Canadian cities off the list. Although there’s a chance a city like Edmonton or Toronto may host games in Phase 4, Canadian teams may not get a chance to open their training facilities.
The problem? Canada requires all travelers to self-quarantine for two weeks. American players who suit up for a Canadian NHL squad couldn’t practice fully until after two weeks.
Since training camps should last 3 weeks to 4 weeks at the most, U.S. players would miss at least 2 weeks of training camp.
Right now, teams based in the U.S. are looking for a way to host training camps for their Canadian peers. That’s another hurdle NHL must skate over to get back to the ice.
NHL players will vote on Phase 3 and Phase 4 at the same time
Phase 4, the actual restart of the 24-team NHL Season, should happen sometime in August. The league and players plan on voting on Phase 3 and Phase 4 at the same time.
That’s good news for hockey and its fans. If players agree to Phase 3, it means they’ve agreed to Phase 4. The National Hockey League appears ready to restart.
We had better sharpen those hockey handicapping skills. By early August the action on the ice could be fast and furious.