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Training camps opened for playoff teams yesterday. Is hockey really on its way back?

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Smashville News:

Preds Ready to Bring Community Together, Win For Smashville | NHL.com
While I am appreciative of the team including us remote fans in "Smashville", it seems like this is a very Nashville-focused effort. I just wonder how teams who really believe their bases are country- and worldwide would frame this.

Nashville Predators Release Phase 3 Camp Roster | On the Forecheck
Bryan checks in with his evaluation of the training camp roster. Roman Josi and Colton Sissons skated before camp yesterday. No word why. Yakov Trenin is listed as "unfit to play," which is as much information as we are likely to get.

Fan Video Content: For Smashville | Nashville Predators
Let's face it. As a fan base, we are severely hampered by not being able to use the word "suck". But let's make the best of it and show the other teams how it's done! (I wish SashaDog were still alive to do her howl!)

Nashville Predators hosting food drive at Ford Ice Center Bellevue | wsmv.com
This collection drive goes on at Ford Ice Center Bellevue all week. Please consider a donation if you are able.

This is hilarious to me—and I didn’t notice the gloves until he mentioned equipment!

Tula is a miniature Golden Retriever but in some photos it doesn’t look like it to me.

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Central Division News:

Evason signs two-year contract to remain Wild coach | NHL.com
Congratulations to Dean Evason—well deserved. Why do I feel we are about to regret the Kevin Fiala trade?

Corey Crawford Misses Blackhawks’ First Training Camp Practice Monday | NBC Chicago
Most concerning is that he didn't participate in the Phase 2 workouts either. Is this COVID-19 related or are his concussion issues back? That Robin Lehner trade looks pretty bad in hindsight (though they couldn't know they would make the playoffs at the time).

Little not on roster as Jets begin training camp for return to play | Winnipeg Sun
Best wishes to Bryan Little. This article has a surprise and some interesting information on COVID-19 testing. The surprise to me was thinking of Anthony Bitetto as a "veteran defenceman".

Other Hockey News:

NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results | NHL.com
"As the NHL begins Phase 3 of its Return to Play today, following is a summary of League-wide COVID-19 testing results for Phase 2."

NHL return-to-play - Game schedule, testing plans, players opting out and more | ESPN
The weekly update from ESPN.

2020 NHL playoffs guide-Stanley Cup chances, biggest roster questions, bold predictions for all 24 teams | ESPN
Today's tl;dr. The teams I did read were interesting, though. Enjoy.

Storylines abound as NHL makes unprecedented summer return | Sportsnet.ca
These are just the beginning in terms of story lines.

The top 10 prospects to get NHL post-season training camp invites | TheHockeyNews
Hey, Bryan Bastin! Guess who made the list?

NHL to use fan videos with team-specific cheers | ESPN
Per the Nashville article above. This could give you some further ideas for your video.

The analytics on the rest of the NHL season say anything goes | stltoday.com
So, what statistics are still relevant to playoff predictions?

Maple Leafs' Pontus Aberg: Signs with Russian club | CBSSports.com
To paraphrase Bull Durham, "You gotta admire someone just trying to finish out a career."