Tuesday, October 20

Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Bubble Hockey: NHL to resume pandemic season delayed Saturday – The Canadian News

As the summer heat shines on the pavement and stationary cars double as stifling four-door Dutch ovens, Canada's favorite winter pastime is officially back. The National Hockey League begins its groundbreaking five-round elimination tournament on Saturday with 24 teams divided between Edmonton and Toronto. The question is whether fans, finally able to enjoy the outdoors in this year of isolation, masks and misery, will tune in to watch the computer-enhanced hockey emitted from empty arenas with bubbles in the center during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clay Imoo, a Vancouver-based Canucks superfan, says any time is a good time for hockey. "It's kind of weird to see (the games) on TV, it's true, in late July, early August, but as a season ticket holder for the past 10 years, I'm abso...
TRAIKOS: Vezina finalist expects goalie tandem needed to win this year’s Stanley Cup
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TRAIKOS: Vezina finalist expects goalie tandem needed to win this year’s Stanley Cup

With five rounds potentially required to win the Stanley Cup, it’s quite possible that the last team standing will have played 33 games by the end of this year’s expanded playoffs.The only question is whether one goalie will be in net for the entire thing.According to Tuukka Rask, don’t count on it.The Bruins goalie, who on Friday was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy — Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck were the others — appeared in all 24 games for the Bruins during their run to the final a year ago. But after a four-month layoff due to the coronavirus, Rask said it’s unrealistic to assume goalies won’t get hurt or require a break with the NHL jumping straight into a new post-season format that will see teams play on back-to-back nights in the ...