The smell is in the air, not of 90-degree weather and sweaty, stinky people, which is yet another reason to wear a mask, but of hockey. Phase 3 training camps are set to begin on Monday, and the NHL has begun to lay out a schedule for three games per day in the NHL hub cities. Hockey fans may find nirvana with up to six games per day occurring in two locations. TSN experts also broke down the Pittsburgh Penguins Qualifying Round to explore how the Montreal Canadiens can beat the Penguins.
First, the NHL return is nearly official. The NHL Board of Governors approved the plan, now we await the NHLPA’s approval (NHL.com)
The NHLPA has approved the agreement, too. It’s now in the hands of the full membership.
TSN weighed in. How can the Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins — here you go (TSN)
TSN Insider Bob McKenzie also detailed the probable schedule inside the NHL hub cities. How do you feel about three games per day at 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.? (TSN)
We’re not sure what happens if the noon game goes to triple OT. There’s one game every year, right?
This week, the Chicago Blackhawks came under some pressure to change their name. However, their statement clears things up (NBC Chicago)
Don’t worry, I didn’t know Black Hawk was a man, either. Recent polls are overwhelming–Native Americans don’t like hokey mockery (see Chief Wahoo) but are proud of the Native American team names. I’m cool with that.
As the NHLPA membership approves the NHL Return to Play Plan, it will become a shining moment for the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman. A garage league no more (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
If you need some Penguins practice highlights of Sidney Crosby dishing no-look passes and Matt Murray making diving saves, here you go (PHN)
The announcement happened at 10 a.m. — National Hockey Now added another heavyweight to our ranks. George Richards is covering the Florida Panthers, and he’ll be the ONLY full-time beat writer covering the Florida Panthers. We’re ecstatic to have him (Florida Hockey Now)