NHL returns after months-long hiatus due to COVID-19
In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) hits Calgary Flames left wing Andrew Mangiapane (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6:06AM EDT
NHL hockey returns today after a months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Montreal Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers meet the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place as part of today's three-game exhibition schedule that kicks off Phase 4 of the league's return-to-play plan.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers square off in Toronto in today's other game.
Edmonton and Toronto are serving as hub cities for the 24 NHL teams that are returning to action, though the Canadiens and Flames are listed as the home teams tonight.
Each team will play an exhibition game at Scotiabank Arena or Rogers Place between today and Thursday before the playoff qualification round begin on Saturday.
The NHL suspended its season March 12 due to the spreading global pandemic and announced its four-stage return plan May 26.