Morning Free Association: Limping Into the Weekend

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It’s been a tough week and I’m oddly looking forward to the weekend. I’m not exactly sure why since time officially has no meaning anymore. However,  Saturday also seems like a nicer day than Tuesday. Maybe it’s because it got hot again this week and the weekend will bring some cooler air. Or maybe it’s because Saturday is our weekly Zoom chat. Who knows?

Yesterday, the NHL detailed the return to play proposal that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week. Both the NHL and NHLPA have reportedly signed off on it. The plan as announced had a general outline with no specifics on length of series or re-seeding. With very little known, it seemed that not only could the Bruins be screwed if they didn’t win enough games in the round robin, but they could also have to face a genuinely “good” team from the play-in round. As it turns out, that has been solved.

During the play-in round, the teams playing will compete in a best of 5 series with playoffs rules regarding overtime. The round robin teams will play 3 games only with regular season overtime rules. Once the teams have been determined from the qualifying round, all the teams in each conference will be re-seeded. Resultant rounds will be best of 7 with playoff overtime rules. The winners of each round will be re-seeded again. It’s all explained much better here.

This effectively starts Phase 2 of re-opening. I thought we were already in Phase 2.

The ice is down at Warrior Ice Arena, though that is not likely the most important part of this tweet.

The ice is down. Venture a guess at who will be the first player to return?

Yeah!

Of course, there is still a chance that this will still not happen at all. The NHL still hasn’t completely announced what methods of testing will be used, how sanitization will be handled, which basic safety precautions will be used, or where games will be played.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced via Twitter that a player had contracted COVID and that contact tracing was being used to notify those he came in contact with.

Sigh.

Happy weekend.

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I am literally limping into the weekend. Over did it this week. Ouch.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Been watching a live stream of a pregnant momcat ready to deliver anytime now. Had a dream last night she had her kittens and I woke up very excited to see them. Stupid subconscious getting my hopes up.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning.

Sounds like there’s still a lot to sort out and time is marching on. Anyone else get a feeling maybe this isn’t gonna happen?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

And I think I saw they ended up having to shut down baseball in Japan because players were testing positive for COVID despite no fans, sanitizing, etc. When I have a moment, I’ll double check my memory.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Just looking into that. Looks like some preseason games have been cancelled. Season is due to start in about three weeks. One of the positive cases is the biggest star in Japanese baseball.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ah, thanks!