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Report: Edmonton expected to host Stanley Cup Final for NHL's 24-team playoff

Report: Edmonton expected to host Stanley Cup Final for NHL's 24-team playoff

On Wednesday, it was reported Edmonton and Toronto would serve as the two hub cities for the NHL's 24-team playoff format under the league's Return To Play plan.

Thursday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Edmonton was the favorite to host the Stanley Cup Final, as well as the Conference finals, of the two cities.

"With Edmonton and Toronto being chosen as the two NHL Hub cities, the question most often asked now is, which of the two will play host to the Stanley Cup final and Conference finals? The answer, apparently, is Edmonton," McKenzie tweeted.

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He also guessed as to why Edmonton seems to be the choice to close out the playoffs on Twitter:

"I’m guessing the rationale for that decision is simply based on public health/safety/numbers. Whatever the reason(s), Edmonton it will be."

The Blackhawks are slated to take on the Oilers in a best-of-5 play-in series, expected to be played in Edmonton, on the Oilers' home ice.

Chicago was reportedly a top-4 finalist to be a hub before cuts were made.

Team training camps to lead up to the postseason are scheduled for July 10.

Blackhawks return to Stanley Cup playoffs on NBC Sports Chicago this week

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Blackhawks return to Stanley Cup playoffs on NBC Sports Chicago this week

Chicago, IL (August 10, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE EXCLUSIVE, LOCAL HOME of the CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – has announced its 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 coverage details featuring live game coverage of the Blackhawks highly-anticipated series against the NHL Western Conference #1-seed Vegas Golden Knights, which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME and surrounding game coverage to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, along with expanded editions of Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live, enhanced Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs digital/audio content offerings and much more. (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.)

 

NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 presentation gets underway tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 11) with exclusive local coverage of Game 1.  Coverage on NBC Sports Chicago/NBCSportsChicago.com/”MyTeams by NBC Sports” app begins at 9:00 PM with Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com.  Hosted by veteran NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks expert Pat Boyle (@BoyleNBCS), along with former Blackhawks defensive standout Steve Konroyd (@Stevekonroyd) and Blackhawks Community Liaison/2013 Stanley Cup champion Jamal Mayers (@jamalmayers), Blackhawks Pregame Live will provide fans with a complete preview and analysis of the Blackhawks opening round series against the Golden Knights, a recap of their Stanley Cup Qualifying Round series win over the Edmonton Oilers, along with a breakdown of other first round playoff match-ups around the league from the network’s new state-of-the-art studio facilities.  Live Game 1 coverage begins at 9:30 PM featuring the Hall of Fame tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk, who are scheduled to deliver the game call of all NBC Sports Chicago telecasts. Foley will continue to provide the play-by-play call from the United Center, while Olczyk is scheduled to deliver his expert game analysis from NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. All Stanley Cup Playoff games featuring the Blackhawks will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta. and will be delivered to NBC Sports Chicago via a world feed.  Immediately following the game, fans can look forward to Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai (12 midnight, time approx.) featuring Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton’s live post-game press conference, along with post-game player reaction, expanded highlights, studio “demo” area analysis, a preview of Game 2 and much more.

 

In addition to Game 1, NBC Sports Chicago will also carry exclusive, local coverage of Game 2 on Thursday, August 13 (coverage begins at 4:00 PM; face-off at 4:30 PM) and Game 4 on Sunday, August 16 (coverage begins at 5:00 PM; face-off at 5:30 PM) with expanded postgame coverage following both games.  Game 3 on Saturday, August 15 will be an “NHL on NBC” exclusive national game telecast, which can be seen locally on WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 at 7:00 PM.  NBC Sports Chicago will provide surrounding coverage of Game 3 with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 6:30 PM with Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately following the game at 9:30 PM (time approx.).  NOTE: Games 5-7 (if necessary) are currently scheduled to air on NBC Sports Chicago; game time starts and surrounding pre/post coverage times TBA; full schedule details appear at the end of this release.

 

From a digital coverage perspective, Blackhawks fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com/Blackhawks and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app for 24/7 expert coverage via Blackhawks “Insider” Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) and veteran Blackhawks reporter Scott King (@ScottKingMedia) featuring in-depth Stanley Cup Playoffs pre/postgame reports, player/coaches interviews, highlight videos, special features, galleries and much more.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will provide Blackhawks fans with numerous, multi-platform Stanley Cup Playoffs content offerings on Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter (@NBCSBlackhawks & @NBCSChicago), along with a multitude of team & player facts/photos/quick video offerings via Instagram (‘NBCSChicago’)

From an audio content standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago delivers the popular “Blackhawks Talk PODCAST.” Hosted by Pat Boyle, along with NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Blackhawks content experts, the “Blackhawks Talk” podcast features in-depth Stanley Cup Playoffs discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news, along with special guest interviews with Blackhawks players/coaches/front office execs and additional NHL experts across the country. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

 

PROGRAMMING NOTES:

  • TOMORROW’S WHITE SOX GAME SHIFTS TO NBC SPORTS CHICAGO PLUS (NBCSCH+) – Due to tomorrow evening’s (Tue, Aug. 11) Blackhawks Game 1 coverage airing on the main NBC Sports Chicago channel location, the White Sox vs. Detroit telecast will now air on NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+).  White Sox coverage on NBCSCH+ tomorrow night begins at 5:30 PM with White Sox Pregame Live; first pitch at 6:10 PM.  NBCSCH+ telecasts are provided to NBC Sports Chicago affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  NBCSCH+ is available on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder) and punch in their zip code for complete channel location details.

 

 

 

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights - Stanley Cup Playoffs/Round One

 

GAME 1: Tuesday, August 11

9:00 PM – Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com

9:30 PM – Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1/Game 1: Blackhawks at Golden Knights (Live stream available at NBCSportsChicago.com & the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

12 MIDNIGHT (time approx.) – Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai

 

GAME 2: Thursday, August 13

4:00 PM – Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com

4:30 PM – Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1/Game 2: Blackhawks at Golden Knights (Live stream available at NBCSportsChicago.com & the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

7:00 PM (time approx.) – Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai

 

GAME 3: Saturday, August 15

6:30 PM – Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com

7:00 PM – Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1/Game 3: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights (NOTE: Game 3 is a national “NHL on NBC” telecast airing locally on WMAQ-TV/NBC 5; live stream available at NBCSports.com & the NBC Sports app)

9:30 PM (time approx.) – Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai

 

GAME 4: Sunday, August 16

5:00 PM – Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com

5:30 PM – Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1/Game 4: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights (Live stream available at NBCSportsChicago.com & the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

8:00 PM (time approx.) – Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai

 

GAME 5: Tuesday, August 18 – Blackhawks at Golden Knights (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME TIME START AND SURROUNDING COVERAGE DETAILS TBA)

 

GAME 6: Thursday, August 20 – Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME TIME START AND SURROUNDING COVERAGE DETAILS TBA)

 

GAME 7: Saturday, August 22 – Blackhawks at Golden Knights (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME TIME START AND SURROUNDING COVERAGE DETAILS TBA)

 

ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

 

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2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Latest COVID-19 results prove bubbles are working

2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Latest COVID-19 results prove bubbles are working

On Monday, the NHL released the latest COVID-19 testing results with no positive tests from August 2 through August 8. 

The time period of the testing was through the conclusion of the second week of Phase 4 of the NHL's Return to Play program. The league also reported 7,245 tests were administered daily to the 52-member travelling parties of teams that were in hub cities Edmonton and Toronto for the NHL's 24-team postseason. 

There were no positive tests from Week 1 of Phase 4 in the bubbles.

The week of July 13-17 — the second to last week of Phase 3 — was the last time the NHL saw a COVID-19 diagnosis, when two players tested positive.

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