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NHL moves to Phase 2

The NHL has announced that they will begin Phase 2 next Monday.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Announces Return To Play Plan For Resumption Of Season Photo by NHL Images/NHLI via Getty Images

This past March the NHL put its season on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Today the NHL provided more information, advising that this upcoming Monday they will begin Phase 2 of the “Return to Play” plan.

Phase 2 allows for the reopening of training facilities in teams’ home cities, off-ice, and on-ice training, with a maximum of six people allowed. Participation in Phase 2 is completely optional so we will likely see some players opting out in the beginning.

The NHL had previously stated that Phase 2 would begin early June so this shouldn’t be unexpected. Phase 3 is the opening of training camps, and this is set for at least July. Phase 4 will be the beginning of the post-season in the designated hub cities.

Along with the move to Phase 2 the NHL also released the rules for the playoff. Blueshirt Hockey provided a great breakdown of the rules. The Arizona Coyotes will be the lower-seeded team in their matchup against the Nashville Predators and will be the home team for Games 3 and 4.