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NHL resumes season Saturday with an unprecedented 24-team, two-hub city bubble setup in the Wake of the pandemic coronavirus. The day of hockey will be a thing: the promotion begins at noon Eastern time between the Carolina hurricanes and new York Rangers.

Here are some of the biggest issues within the reboot:

1. Will this work? The NHL will use two of the city hub in Canada — Toronto on 12 teams, Eastern conference, Edmonton, AB, for 12 teams in the Western conference. Players who play in the Stanley Cup finals will be to live in this bubble, quarantined life for two months. The earliest they can see relatives in the conference final in Edmonton. MLB already provided a warning about how things can go wrong when at least 16 Marlins players and two employees tested positive for COVID-19, postponing games. But the bubble was mostly working on Russian language and MLS. If there is an outbreak in the NHL, how much is too much, and when will restart the season is canceled? Jimmy Hascup

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2. All on an even keel or talent to win? They say that you should throw out the regular season when the playoffs begin. Here’s how the Columbus blue Jackets managed to sweep tying the record, “Tampa Bay lightning” last season. But what can I say, this is even more true this season. In a 4½-month break more than regular season NHL, and the team held a short training camp and one exhibition match to work out the rust. Lucky bounces could play a big role in a best of five qualifying round of the series. But the NHL has helped the top regular season team, frees them from this round. Instead, they will get three games against the other top teams to determine seeding and work on their time, and their first round opponents will be tougher, potentially more in the Series. There is no bracket so the top teams will play the lowest remaining seed, etc. After the regular, four-round playoffs will begin, differences talent can play a big role. – Mike Brehm

3.The older or the younger group have the advantage? There are several theories floating around out there on the topic, and the answer kind of depends on who you ask. On the one hand, young teams like Colorado avalanche and hurricanes are thought to have “fresh legs” that theoretically gives them the opportunity to go on the ice for a few full speed due to a limited acceleration. In this case, it is clear that the older teams will struggle to do the same. But the other side of the coin shows that clubs with older key players – among them Boston Bruins Washington capitals and Pittsburgh penguins – have experiences that will help them navigate in off. The extended layoff is also, apparently, gave the senior group of the replenishment. The playoffs of the Stanley Cup is a war of attrition, but to run in them after a long break has allowed many in the clinic significant damage. Jace Evans

4. Lower level team will run? In a normal year, 16 teams in the playoffs. This year, the League expanded teams in the playoffs (including qualifying rounds) to 24. Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona coyotes, Minnesota wild and Vancouver Canucks in the West and Montreal Canadiens Florida Panthers, new York Rangers and new York islanders in the East is not entitled during the standard playoffs. It’s not playoff hockey without the chaos. Thus, it is not difficult to imagine at least one of these teams to pull off a few upsets. – Hascup

5. Canada can end the championship drought? The Stanley Cup will be awarded in the canadian city (Edmonton), but a canadian team winning it? This did not happen with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. Last season, three canadian teams lost in the first round. There are six teams this year, but we all have to go through the qualifying round, and the Winnipeg and calgary play each other. Toronto and Edmonton play in their home arenas, but there is no true home-ice advantage without the fans. Defensive rooms Toronto are weak and the high-flying oilers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl won only one round together in the playoffs. The main young Vancouver, calgary may not be in Winnipeg and Montreal face a tough qualifying round opponent in Pittsburgh. Connor Hellebuyck at Winnipeg is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, and the planes got to the conference finals two years ago. But the odds remain in favor of team USA win again. – Evans

6. Can the St. Louis Blues again? History says no. Penguins in 2016 and 2017, but it was the first time since the 1997-98 Detroit Red wings. Champion 2018 the Washington capitals were knocked out in the first round last season. The Stanley Cup winner faces a short off-season, the grind of 82 games of each team trying to tackle you. That’s why the break was good for Blues. They got much-needed rest, plus the return of Vladimir Tarasenko due to injury. They played well enough to deserve forgiveness. Most of last year’s squad remains and they turned to the loss of defender Jay Bouwmeester (heart) through the acquisition of Marco Scandella before the trade deadline. – BREM

6. Will we have a ‘tanking’ in the qualifying round? Players in all sports are not the ones who tank for a draft pick. They go out and try my best … but sometimes teams don’t put in a position to succeed. Why do we even took the concept among our issues in the playoffs because the loser in the attached “qualifying round” this year, there is a chance for a wonderful consolation prize: the first pick in the NHL draft. While the coaches and management across the League will almost certainly put its best foot forward with a chance to win the championship in a wide open sports is at stake … with a probability of 12.5% in the phenomenon of Alexei, where you can keep making rebounded from slightly less heartbreaking than usual. – Evans

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