The two host cities of the NHL Playoffs have had their team eliminated
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- The Two Host Cities, Toronto and Edmonton, have Failed to Qualify for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs
This year the NHL playoffs are playing in a bubble format for the playoffs this year. The Eastern playoffs are being played in Toronto, while the West are playing in Edmonton. As of last night, both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers have been eliminated. The Oilers were eliminated in game 4 by the Chicago Black Hawks. For the Leafs, it was a painfully familiar story of losing in the final game of a series, though this year they lost the series before even qualifying for the playoffs, losing 3-0 to YOOOOOOUUUUUUURRRRRRR COOOOLLUUMMMBBBUUUSSS BLUUUEEEEE JACCCKKETS!!!! (no bias obviously). No article, nothing much to say specifically or against EDM or TOR, just thought it was funny that the cities hosting the playoffs had their teams eliminated before the playoffs even got a chance to start.
Having the bubble in Canada was a good idea, the NBA probably should have done the same even though they're managing in Florida pretty well. The MLB could have stood to do the same.
Independent of everything else, I just don't feel like you can begin to compare how much better Canada is handling COVID compared to the US. I just don't see how anyone could make the case that given the options to host in either the US or Canada, you choose the US. I'll give the MLB like..... 1% benefit of "baseball is outside so it needs to be somewhere warm-ish" but that's not even remotely a good enough argument when the flip side is "literal pandemic that has killed so many people and ended the careers of a couple players already". NBA for sure should have bubbled in Canada. But I guess Toronto was already booked with the NHL (no offense to the Raptors but no way Toronto is choosing the Raptors over the Leafs for hosting a sport) and there aren't any other big basketball cities in Canada that I know of.
Absolutely. And it's certainly not cold in Toronto/Montreal/etc right now. It might be by some people's standards in October/November, but the league could worry about that when we get there. In the meantime the entire Marlins team wouldn't be infected, among others.
When I watch videos of people from other countries right now, I'm always like "that's not safe!!!" but then remember that it's much less of an issue anywhere else.
Yeah the format certainly wasn't ideal. I mean, I'm happy with it as a Columbus fan since we had the most injuries of any team in the NHL and the extended break stopped our crater out of a playoff position and stopped hockey long enough for almost all our players to get healthy. But yeah it feels really rough for teams like Boston who were on fire and now can't seem to win a game for their lives or for the Oilers and Pens who get eliminated by teams that had no right to be in the playoffs in the first place. The playoffs certainly feel like a really weird place right now where a lot of teams I wouldn't pick to be in the playoffs are going to be in the playoffs. Honestly though, no one seems to know how to predict the playoffs. NHL.com writers certainly aren't having success with predictions.