Canada Will Allow U.S. NHL Teams To Cross Border For Rounds 3 And 4 Of 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs


According to CBC, NHL players and personnel will be allowed to cross the border for the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final if necessary in private planes. They will have to test for COVID-19 before and after they land in Canada. Teams will be in a modified bubble where they will not be able to interact with the general public.

The last possible day of Round 2 is next Sunday when the Winnipeg Jets could host Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell MTS Place. The Canadiens lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

The North Division winner will face the winner of the Colorado Avalanche-Vegas Golden Knights series in the Stanley Cup Semifinals and will host Games 3, 4, and 6 if necessary. The Avalanche lead 2-1.

If the Canadiens or Jets were to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, they would face the winner of the East Division-Central Division semifinal series.

The NHL had to realign the divisions for this season, which has featured only interdivisional play, due to the border closure between the United States and Canada.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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