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Coronavirus: Colorado Avalanche confirm third player tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus: Colorado Avalanche confirm third player tests positive for COVID-19 A third player for the Colorado Avalanche has tested positive for coronavirus, the team announced on Tuesday. The anonymous player is currently in self-isolation, according to a statement released through the NHL's public relations Twitter account. Statement from the @NHL regarding @Avalanche player. pic.twitter.com/gQO2WOXzEK — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 7, 2020 The last player on the team to test positive for COVID-19 was announced on March 28. At the time the announcement was made, the team said that the unnamed player was doing just fine. He was reportedly in self-isolation since his symptoms first manifested. Since then, however, he has appeared to have recovered from what originally was ailing him and is back to normal health, according to the team. "The Avalanche have notified anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete," the team said in a statement. "The health and ..

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Oilers’ Colby Cave put in medically induced coma after suffering brain bleed

Oilers' Colby Cave put in medically induced coma after suffering brain bleed Edmonton Oilers center Colby Cave suffered a brain bleed last night and is in a medically induced coma, the team announced Tuesday. Cave, who split time between the Oilers and their minor-league affiliate Bakersfield Condors this season, is undergoing treatment in the critical care unit at the Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. #Oilers & @Condors forward Colby Cave has been placed in a medically-induced coma & admitted to the critical care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after suffering a brain bleed overnight. Please keep Colby & his wife Emily in your thoughts & prayers at this time. — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2020 This season Cave, a 25-year-old from Canada, scored one goal over 11 games with the Oilers. In 44 games with the Condors, he totaled 23 points (12 assists, 11 goals). Cave saw his first NHL action with the Boston Bruins in the 2017-18 season. He earned significantl..

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NHL reportedly may play games in North Dakota if season resumes

NHL reportedly may play games in North Dakota if season resumesThe league is discussing several hypothetical scenarios in the hopes of resuming the 2019-20 season Like many leagues, the NHL was forced to put its season on pause in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. A month later, the league and NHL Players Association are throwing around ideas on how to salvage the rest of the season. According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, that includes possibly finishing the remainder of the 2019-20 season in North Dakota. Several venues would be necessary for the NHL to hold the remainder of the season in North Dakota and Friedman did point out that Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks could be one of the options. It is an 11,640-seat facility that would give the NHL plenty of room to operate. It should be noted that capacity may not be too big of a deal in this scenario, because it's unclear if fans will be allowed to attend games if the league does resume play at some point this se..

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New York Rangers, NHL denounce hacker’s racial slurs in player video chat with top prospect K’Andre Miller

New York Rangers, NHL denounce hacker's racial slurs in player video chat with top prospect K'Andre MillerMiller was repeatedly subjected to a racial slur when the Rangers' online video chat was hacked When the New York Rangers hosted a Zoom Q&A live video chat with the recently signed prospect K'Andre Miller on Friday, the chat was hacked by someone writing racial slurs, directed at Miller, who is African-American. The Zoom session was limited to 500 participants via a link posted on the Rangers' Twitter account. It was soon into the live video chat that it appeared someone had hacked into the comments section, intended for fans to ask Miller questions. The section became overrun with the N-word, which was published hundreds of times, before the comments section was turned off. "We held an online video chat with fans and New York Rangers prospect, K'Andre Miller, during which a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as..

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Modifying the shootout, 3-2-1 points system, and other ways to ‘fix’ the NHL

Modifying the shootout, 3-2-1 points system, and other ways to 'fix' the NHLWe love the NHL but it's definitely not perfect We've got plenty of time on our hands as the NHL season remains in limbo amid the COVID-19 outbreak, so why don't we use this team to brainstorm some ideas on how to "fix" the league? We love hockey and (sometimes) the NHL but we can probably all agree that it's not perfect. What changes can we make to make things a little better? I've got some ideas. 3-2-1 points system The Problem: Under the NHL's current point system, teams get two points in the standings for a win of any kind, while an overtime loss earns a team one point and a regulation loss results in zero. This format aims for parity and, for the most part, it has seemingly done its job. With about a dozen regular season games remaining, only one team in the league has been mathematically eliminated and there are a handful of teams in each conference vying for ..

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Anaheim Ducks owners will pay part-time employees through June 30

Anaheim Ducks owners will pay part-time employees through June 30 The owners of the Anaheim Ducks announced Thursday that they would be paying their part-time employees for current or future rescheduled, postponed or canceled events through June 30. Through a statement on the team site, Henry and Susan Samueli promised to pay the wages of the 2,100 part-time workers for their sports and event management companies. The events that these employees staff go beyond just Ducks games, and even beyond the team's arena, Honda Center. This payment promise includes all programs and events at Honda Center as well as each of the nine ice and inline sports facilities, the San Diego Gulls, and JT Schmid's Restaurant and Brewery, according to the team site. Part-time workers will specifically get paid for every previously scheduled event between April 1 and June 30 that does not occur as scheduled. "The Samueli family's primary concern is the welfare of their employees," Tim Ryan,..

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Coronavirus: Ottawa Senators announce four more members test positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus: Ottawa Senators announce four more members test positive for COVID-19 The Ottawa Senators announced Wednesday that four additional members of their organization tested positive for coronavirus. The team noted that these four unnamed individuals have all since recovered from the respiratory disease. This is the latest announcement from the franchise that has unofficially become the hockey epicenter of the global pandemic. The Senators announced their first positive test on March 17 and later announced a second player had tested positive just four days later. "Members of the team and staff self-isolated on March 13 and all are doing well," the Senators said in a statement. "All test results have now been received and all those who tested positive have recovered." TSN reports that the four positive tests come from three players and one staff member, thus bringing the total of infected NHL players to seven. All four people were involved in the Senators' trip through C..

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NHL odds 2020: Stanley Cup predictions, title picks, teams to avoid from proven handicapper

NHL odds 2020: Stanley Cup predictions, title picks, teams to avoid from proven handicapper The St. Louis Blues had a storybook season in 2018-19, going from last place in the NHL in early January to Stanley Cup champions in June. It was the first championship in the 52-season history of the franchise. Amazingly, the Blues accomplished that feat under the guidance of an interim coach in Craig Berube. St. Louis made Berube its permanent coach during the offseason and has continued its success in 2019-20, as it occupied first place in the Western Conference before the season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Blues are listed at +850 in the latest 2020 Stanley Cup odds at William Hill, while the Vegas Golden Knights are the favorites at +500 in the NHL odds. Before making any 2020 Stanley Cup picks, be sure to check out the NHL predictions from SportsLine veteran handicapper Bill Marzano. Marzano takes a data-driven approach to handicapping: Analyzing stats and trend..

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NHLPA Players Poll: Connor McDavid, Victor Hedman, Carey Price take home top honors again

NHLPA Players Poll: Connor McDavid, Victor Hedman, Carey Price take home top honors againNearly 600 players were polled on a variety of topics We don't have any hockey right now so we'll have to take our NHL news wherever we can get it, so it was a blessing to have the NHLPA release the results of its annual Players Poll on Tuesday morning. The Players Association surveyed nearly 600 players with a collection of questions on a variety of topics, including peer evaluations and inquiries into arenas, teams and off-ice fun. Let's take a look at some of the results. Best forward: Connor McDavid (68.35%) Not really much of a surprise here. McDavid is widely considered the most talented and skilled player in the league by fans and pundits, so it makes sense that his peers would feel the same. He's only getting more powerful apparently, as he took home 63.6 percent of the votes as the winner last year. Best defenseman: Victor Hedman (37.88%) Mark Giordano won the Norris ..

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Zdeno Chara reveals that teammate Tuukka Rask is notorious for his ‘awful’ farts

Zdeno Chara reveals that teammate Tuukka Rask is notorious for his 'awful' fartsOne thing the Bruins goaltender can't stop is his unbearable gas If we've learned anything over the past couple of weeks, it's that things can get pretty weird and gross during a period of quarantine and self-isolation. Hygiene becomes optional. Diets are thrown out the window. Exercise is an afterthought. We essentially become the worst, most disgusting versions of ourselves...or so I've heard. You know, from a friend. So when Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was asked Tuesday about which teammates he would and would not want to quarantine with, he had a very fair answer for choosing to stay far away from goaltender Tuukka Rask: His nasty, pungent farts. "I have to say Tuukka Rask. The way he farts? The smell is awful," said Chara. "He likes his chicken wings. And after the chicken wings, I've had to sit behind him on the bus. I've got to tell you, I've got ..

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