Risk of losing star to COVID will hover over Stanley Cup playoffs

Lahoma Whitelow

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Assuming NHL training camps open up Monday and groups truly get there in their hub towns July 26, this proposed 24-team Stanley Cup playoffs ought to be a hoot.

If a whole lot of factors really don’t transpire.

There’s absolutely a whole lot of ifs about the NHL’s return to enjoy and completion of the 2019-20 period, and I’ll start off with an case in point just about every Avalanche lover can attract fascination from.

What if Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs’ most effective participant, assessments favourable for coronavirus but he’s asymptomatic or isn’t also unwell to enjoy? The NHL has made it clear: He’s on lockdown and not suitable to return right up until he has 4 consecutive adverse assessments.

But what if tracing qualified prospects to a waiter inside the resort bubble probably spreading COVID-19 to MacKinnon, between hundreds of gamers keeping at that resort, with every single

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