NHL training camps are set to begin opening next week, and fans are getting excited.
The playoffs are set to start on Aug. 1, unless anything changes. Nothing is set in stone, obviously, with the coronavirus having completely removed any semblance of consistence in terms of scheduling.
Hopefully, the numbers will continue to decline, and it will be safe enough for players to begin hitting the ice with their teams, and then actual games will follow roughly a month later.
In the meantime, teams are preparing for the upcoming 24-team playoff format. The Vegas Golden Knights are doing exactly that, and they actually have a “good” decision on their hands — who should they start in net?
The team apparently still hasn’t decided if they’ll start Marc-Andre Fleury or newcomer Robin Lehner, according to The Athletic. It also states that head coach Peter DeBoer will work with GM Kelly McCrimmon and President of Hockey Operations George McPhee to make the decision.
It’s a difficult predicament, as Fleury likely has the support of the locker room, being the veteran leader, but Lehner has simply been lights-out the past few seasons, and he’s been putting up better numbers.