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

21:56  02 july  2020
21:56  02 july  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Report: Edmonton expected to host Stanley Cup Final for NHL's 24-team playoff originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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.

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Not only are these dates pending a vote by the players to ratify the CBA extension, but they are subject to change based on logistical delays. This has, in fact, already occurred, as training camps are listed as opening on Friday, when in reality they will open on Monday, July 13. Regardless, the NHL clearly has a plan to start play within a month and wrap up the expanded postseason by early October. This would set the league up to take nearly two months off for the offseason but still begin the next season less than two months later than usual.

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