NHL Teams Get Closer and Closer to Competing for the Stanley Cup

Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer)

Playoffs keep on approaching sooner and sooner before we can finally see who is gonna be the #1 victorious team throughout the NHL season and claim the Stanley Cup. As we are now in the playoffs for this season it has had a shortened number of games from 78 to 56 it was still a nail-biting edge-of-your-seat kind of season with no mercy being shown on both sides of the teams. As the season continues and coronavirus restrictions are becoming more reasonable, fans are excited to finally get back in their hometown stadiums and see their favorite teams brawl with each other.

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 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 – concluded Saturday, May 8, when 30 of the League’s 31 teams took 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 top four teams in each division will qualify for the Stanley Cup, with intra divisional play in the first two rounds.

Today there are two games playing later tonight. The first teams battling it out tonight are Montreal and Toronto playing at 7:00 pm. The second game is Carolina vs Nashville at 9:00 pm. Watch these teams fight it out with all they got so they can claim a spot in the Stanley Cup and claim a trophy for their hometown. 

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