Not much has changed on the sports front. This includes any changes in the National Hockey League. Like the NBA, like Canada and the United States, the NHL remains on lockdown while the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic plays out. Unlike the NBA, though, the National Hockey League faces a tougher climb to return to normalcy. Things are so up in the air that although we add the latest odds, you won’t find them on the MyBookie site. There’s still some hope, though! Let’s get to this week’s NHL Update.
NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs
- When: TBD
- Where: TBD
- Boston Bruins +450
- Vegas Golden Knights +800
- Tampa Bay Lightning +600
- Colorado Avalanche +700
- Washington Capitals +1200
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1200
- Louis Blues +900
- Dallas Stars +2000
- Philadelphia Flyers +900
- Toronto Maple Leafs +2000
- Edmonton Oilers +2000
- Nashville Predators +3000
- New York Islanders +4500
- Vancouver Canucks +3300
- Calgary Flames +3300
- New York Rangers +5000
- Arizona Coyotes +5500
- Columbus Blue Jackets +10000
- Minnesota Wild +6600
- Winnipeg Jets +5500
- Montreal Canadiens +100000
- San Jose Sharks +100000
- Buffalo Sabres +100000
- Chicago Blackhawks +25000
- Anaheim Ducks +100000
- Ottawa Senators +100000
- New Jersey Devils +100000
- A. Kings +100000
- Carolina Hurricanes +3300
NHL Continues to Use the Word Pause, But Not All Roses
The National Hockey League continues to use the word “pause” when describing their 2019-2020 NHL Season. But the professional hockey league has a more difficult path to return to the ice than the NBA has to return to the court.
Like we mentioned in our NBA update, Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league had in the past considered changing their schedule. The NBA felt that with today’s technology, people could watch games anywhere. They didn’t have to start in late fall, often in early November, and then run through July. They could start in December or January and then go all the way to August, about a month before the NFL started.
This type of schedule makes sense for the NBA. But the NHL is different. The 2020-2021 NHL Season kicks off on October 7. There’s another major difference between the NBA and the NHL. Let’s look into that right now.
Basketball and Hockey Require Different Skills
The NBA requires skills that one can get on the playground or in one’s driveway. Basketball is a game that U.S. kids play from the moment they turn 3 all the way through high school and into their adult years.
NBA players can stay in shape by lifting weights, shooting hoops in their personal gyms, and running on treadmills. That doesn’t take away from the awesome skills it takes to be an NBA player. But it does point out a difference between basketball and hockey.
Hockey players must get onto the ice. That’s the key for hockey players to stay in shape. They skate and then provide other skills: shooting, passing, checking, etc. None of that works if hockey players aren’t in “skating-shape”.
For the NHL to Resume It Must First Have a Mini-Camp
That’s the kicker. If there’s enough time for a mini-camp, the NHL can continue this season. If there isn’t, owners might call quits on the 2019-2020 NHL Season and then ready for the 2020-2021 NHL Season.
Positive Signs in Battle With Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
The league and owners will meet on March 27 to decide hockey’s futures. A development happened in the last 24 hours on the Covid-19 front that should add more clarity in the next couple of weeks. If the NHL can hold off on making a determination until then, things could turn right around for the entire sports world.
Of the 46,481 confirmed U.S. Cases, half are in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo obtained 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax, and 750,000 doses of chloroquine. If any of those medicines, or a combination, proves beneficial to treating Covid-19 the world can start thinking of Covid-19 like any other illness.
Practice social distancing but if you get sick, call your doctor to create a treatment plan for you. That could change how the world views the pandemic.
There’s Hope for the NHL
This is a pandemic, which means the NHL, like the NBA and MLB, are beholden to what happens on the medical front. But like NBA owners, NHL owners haven’t yet canceled the season.
Things change rapidly and the NHL has a harder road to climb, but there’s still hope. If Governor Cuomo shows that the procured medicines can help fight the disease, we might yet see an NHL Playoffs.
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