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Lightning Round: Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are ok with going right to postseason

A third NHL player has tested positive for COVID-19.

NHL: JAN 26 All-Star Game Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Yesterday, some NHL players held a conference call, discussing the unexpected pause and sharing their thoughts on a potential restart of the season. The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins captains Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby agreed that the league should try to play as many games as they can and they wouldn’t mind skipping the remaining part of the reagular season and going straight into the playoffs.

New Jersey Devils defenceman P.K. also made a proposition of a 31-team playoff format to give players a chance to play a meaningful hockey after a pause. At the same time, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno expressed concerns that moving the playoffs into the summer would negatively impact the health of many players.

The players also shared their tips on how to survive during self-isolation and discussed their favourite TV shows.

Other Hockey News

Despite the absence of the NHL games in the coming weeks, you won’t be left without content. Yesterday, our junior prospects expert Lauren launched her 21 Days of 2021 NHL Draft Prospects series with a preview, describing what you can expect in the next 21 weekdays [Raw Charge]

Starting tomorrow, for the next 21 weekdays, I’ll be profiling one top 2021 draft-eligible prospect. They’re not in any particular order, so the players who come at the tail-end of this series aren’t necessarily projected top-5 draft picks.

To kick things off, here are two honorable mentions: players I considered including in the 21 Days of 2021, but ultimately decided to leave off. Also included at the bottom are ‘honorable honorable mentions’, which include prospects having fabulous seasons, but I wasn’t able to watch enough of them over the last five months.

Alex returned with a new edition of the Syracuse Speaks podcast, discussing her virtual tryout contract with the Syracuse Crunch

The Tampa Bay Lightning radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin shared a list of his favourite games from this season. You can rewatch them on the NHL TV which is free till April 30 [NHL.com]

The Colorado Avalanche released a statement that one of their players tested positive with COVID-19. He stayed in isolation since showing first symptoms and has already recovered. It’s the third positive case for an NHL player.

The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Jesse Ylonen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Florida Panthers have also announced signings of two defenceman Max Gildon and Alec Rauhauser

The Minnesota Wild signed goaltender Hunter Jones to a three-year, entry-level contract, making his father very happy by announcing it on his Birthday

Taylor Hall has won the prize for the best tweet on hockey twitter yesterday.