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CANADIAN PLAYOFF TEAMS COULD BE FORCED TO PLAY IN A BUBBLE

APR 18, 2021  (11H18)      COOPER GODIN
With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly across Canada, and in Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec in particular, the NHL is considering a playoff bubble if teams north of the border cannot play in their home arenas. The league is still wanting plan A to go ahead, with Canadian markets in their home arenas for the Stanley Cup playoffs, but realize that option might be out of their hands.

"We know what the situation is across the country cases are rising, some places worse than others. From what I can tell right now, the plan is still to have the Canadian teams that make the playoffs play in their own cities," Friedman said Saturday during Hockey Night in Canada's Headlines segment.

"However, if there is a situation where we do need to consider a bubble, it is the likely scenario that the four teams that make the playoffs would go to a bubble in the United States." He added.

On Friday, April 16th, Canada set a single-day record for COVID-19 cases with 9,561, while just over 50% (4,812) of those cases were in the nation's most populated province, Ontario.

Currently, the four teams in playoff spots in the Scotia North division are Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Montreal. Three of the four provinces those teams play in are dealing with outbreaks, and overloaded hospital systems, with ICU's at or over capacity.

For the safety of all players and staff, it might be best to hold the Canadian playoffs in a bubble south of the border. It's unclear where the bubble would be, but it likely will be in a city where their team has missed the playoffs. Buffalo could be an option due to them having a second rink attached to their NHL arena.



Source: Sportsnet
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