We are well into our second full week of the pause to the 2019-20 NHL season, and as has become apparent in these unprecedented times, news changes rapidly.
The NHL is part of that cycle, and as they continue to communicate with the Predators, as well as the rest of their member clubs and the NHL Players Association, the League has kept fans updated.
On Monday, the NHL answered a number of frequently asked questions that have come up over the past two weeks, and while the full document may be read by clicking here, here are a couple of the more noteworthy items to take away.
From the League:
- Has any decision been made regarding whether the remainder of the regular season will be played? Has any decision been made regarding what form the Stanley Cup Playoffs would take? No. The form and format of resumption of play scenarios will depend entirely on what transpires between now and when we are permitted and able to resume -- and, ultimately, on timing and taking into account logistical constraints. We are going to have to be flexible and react to events as they unfold as well as the best medical advice available.
- If the NHL playoffs go into July and/or August, could there be a shortened regular season next year? No. We do not anticipate a scenario in our resumption of play format that would endanger or interfere with the League's ability to stage and execute the 2020-21 NHL season in its entirety.
Additionally, Wednesday afternoon brought about the postponement of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Draft. The location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and Draft Lottery) will be announced when details are finalized.
The NHL does hope to award the Stanley Cup and crown a 2020 champion at some point, but time will well on that front.
Don't forget we've set up a page here on NashvillePredators.com with information on the NHL's pause to the 2019-20 season with a number of frequently asked questions. This page will continue to be updated in the days and weeks to come.
Messages from Dutchy and Turry:
In last week's Scope, you heard from Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg, as they reached out with a message to Smashville. Since then, Preds forwards Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris have also said hello to the fanbase during the pause.
Sign on the Dotted Line:
While hockey around the world has been put on pause, the Predators front office has still been busy locking up players for the future. Forwards Cole Smith, Patrick Harper and Tommy Novak, as well as goaltender Connor Ingram, have all inked deals with the Preds over the past week. Click on their names above for more info on each of the respective transactions.
Fox Sports Tennessee Continuing to Air Top Preds Games:
There's a way to get your hockey fix, and it continues on Thursday night. Fox Sports Tennessee will be re-airing some of the top Predators games from the 2019-20 season, and Nashville's 3-2 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues from Bridgestone Arena back in November will be featured on March 26. That contest will be followed by a 6-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils in P.K. Subban's return to Smashville from last December; that game will be shown on Sunday, March 31.
Don't forget to interact on social media with Preds broadcasters during the game, and click here for more information and a full schedule.
NHL.tv for Free:
In addition to still watching the Preds on Fox Sports Tennessee, you can now dial up any one of Nashville's contests from the past six months at any time.
Now through April 30, the NHL and Sportsnet have decided to make full replays of all 2019-20 NHL regular-season games already played available to stream on demand. The games will be accessible via the scores and schedule pages of NHL.com and the NHL app and in Canada via NHL LIVE. For additional details on accessing the games visit NHL.tv.
Give With Us:
We may not be able to gather in person, but there are still ways to give back in these times.
Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the Preds & Threads Fashion Show presented by Dillard's, the Mall at Green Hills and King Jewelers, which was scheduled to take place on St. Patrick's Day, the Nashville Predators will continue to raise funds for the tornado relief efforts.
One of the many elements of the Fashion Show was to be the extensive silent auction, which will directly benefit tornado relief efforts. Through March 29 at 9 p.m. CT, you can text 'FASHION' to 76278.
In the coming days, during Fox Sports Tennessee re-aired games played on the Predators' originally scheduled game dates, the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub will open their silent auction as planned, with all proceeds benefiting the Predators Foundation and Middle Tennessee relief efforts.
To view the auction, text 'PREDS' to 76278 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT on the following dates: Thursday, March 26, Wednesday, April 1 and Saturday, April 4
At NashvilleLockerRoom.com, fans can purchase a Nashville Strong T-shirt, sweatshirt or poster. Additionally, fans can donate monetarily to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, by visiting NashvillePredators.com/NashvilleStrong.
Predators Official Podcast:
Our lives have changed for the foreseeable future, and we're only one week into the international quarantine for the coronavirus. When will hockey be back? What could a shortened season look like? Sportsnet's Jeff Marek joins the show to answer those questions. Plus, Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten cover the two player signings by the Preds and discuss a variety of topics proposed by fans.
Exercise With Us:
Looking for ways to stay fit while in the friendly confines of your own home? The man tasked with keeping the Preds in top shape to perform on the ice, Predators Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good, has launched his own Instagram account for all to enjoy.
Be sure to follow @predstrength on Instagram for at-home workouts demonstrated by Good over the days and weeks to come.
Mace Gets Fit:
Speaking of exercise, there have been plenty of push-up challenges and other at-home remedies making the rounds lately.
However, Preds broadcaster Chris Mason may have the best workout plan of all. Check out Mace's hilarious take on burning those calories.