Leafs start hockey again on August 2, other important dates

Hockey’s back baby!
As the NHL announces the ratification of both the new CBA and the Return to Play protocol, they also announced several important dates for the NHL schedule.
First off, we have an actual schedule for hockey games during the qualifying round.

Schedule to start #NHL Qualifying Round: pic.twitter.com/OxsKS8MKsW
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 10, 2020

The Leafs and Blue Jackets will play on August 2, 4, & 6, as well as August 7 & 9 if the series requires more than three games. The one benefit that the teams in the round robin have is that they get at least a day between each game, with some getting as much as three, while the qualifying teams get only one day between games and a guaranteed back-to-back. One benefit the Leafs have is that their back-to-back is games 3 & 4, which means that they might not have to worry about a back-to-back if the series is done in three games.
The back-to-back might be more advantageous to Columbus, as they have the potential to swap goalies without a huge drop-off in talent, while the Leafs might look to stick with Andersen for both games. Might be nothing, but something …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

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