Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer)
As the world of sports starts to return to normal we are fortunate enough to see our favorite sports and teams take back to their court/field to brawl with each other to claim that number 1 champion prize for their team and fellow fans. We had to put up with a lot over the year from the pandemic as it was chaotic and troubling for nearly everybody affected by it. Though this pandemic is not over we are returning to a more civil living life with getting back into our everyday hobbies and activities instead of being horrified if our town would be the next to get heavily affected by the Coronavirus. As we return to our normal lives most are getting back into their favorite sports considering most major league sports have started their season up again and all teams are playing.
The NHL’s 2020-21 regular season started Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, with a five-game slate, highlighted by the Tampa Bay Lightning raising their second Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena. The other four games on the first night of the 2020-21 season include the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Philadelphia Flyers; the Montreal Canadiens at the Toronto Maple Leafs; the Vancouver Canucks at the Edmonton Oilers; and the St. Louis Blues at the Colorado Avalanche. The 868-game regular-season schedule – 56 games per team – will conclude Saturday, May 8, when 30 of the League’s 31 teams take to the ice. A complete listing of each team’s 2020-21 regular-season opening game is below and the complete 2020-21 regular-season schedule is attached. Start times and broadcast details for all games will be announced when available.
The NHL and NHLPA determined that the ongoing closure of the U.S.-Canada border required realignment and the League and the Players also sought to minimize team travel as much as possible by shifting to exclusively interdivisional play. It is the current plan to play games in the home arenas of participating teams while understanding that most arenas will not, at least in the initial part of the season, be able to host fans. All fans would be required to wear a mask if stadiums allowed citizens inside, but you’d be able to see your favorite team(s) play.
The top four teams in each division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with intro divisional play in the first two rounds.
From today ( April 29th) from 7:00 pm until May 19th, there will be an NHL hockey game, the first game will start every day at 7:00 pm so make sure not to miss it!!