According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the playing games at neutral-sites idea looks like a no-go. Instead, the League is looking at one NHL city per division to resume the season. Teams from that division would be brought to this location.
And, it sounds like the plan is to complete the regular season — if possible. One idea, a triple-header per day at each location to get it done in three weeks. The players have to agree.
Friedman added, “Looking at the CDC and Canadian information, I could see places like Edmonton, Minnesota and Raleigh being options if the league and the respective governments were willing.”
In reading Friedman’s report, it sounds like logistics nixed the remote location idea, since the league is now only looking at current NHL facilities. The issue will be, who gets to host the games. Even though the games will likely be played in front of no fans, there are still home ice advantages to be had. Stay tuned.
By Jon Sorensen