Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHL Update – April 27th 2020 Edition

Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHL Update – April 27th 2020 Edition

As we get closer to the end of the Trump Administration’s 30-day lock down due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), sports leagues like the NHL have started preparations to reopen. The National Hockey League was the most positive league from the outset. They used the word “pause” instead of “shutdown”. Now, in the final week of April, the NHL appears on track to continue the season. Check out the details and NHL Odds up to date!

NHL Update – April 27th Edition

NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • When: TBD
  • Where: TBD

NHL Stanley Cup Odds

  • Boston Bruins +450
  • Vegas Golden Knights +800
  • Tampa Bay Lightning +600
  • Colorado Avalanche +700
  • Washington Capitals +1200
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +1200
  • Louis Blues +900
  • Dallas Stars +2000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +900
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +2000
  • Edmonton Oilers +2000
  • Nashville Predators +3000
  • New York Islanders +4500
  • Vancouver Canucks +3300
  • Calgary Flames +3300
  • New York Rangers +5000
  • Arizona Coyotes +5500
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +10000
  • Minnesota Wild +6600
  • Winnipeg Jets +5500
  • Montreal Canadiens +100000
  • San Jose Sharks +100000
  • Buffalo Sabres +100000
  • Chicago Blackhawks +25000
  • Anaheim Ducks +100000
  • Ottawa Senators +100000
  • New Jersey Devils +100000
  • A. Kings +100000
  • Carolina Hurricanes +3300

First, why won’t the NHL cancel the season?

It’s all about money. The National Hockey League can’t afford to not play out the season. Some estimates per Gary Wyshinski at ESPN is that the NHL will lose a billion dollars if they don’t play the rest of this season. Sports leagues must gain revenue to pay players, keep training facilities working, run drafts, etc. Like any other business, profit is relative to cost. A giant number doesn’t mean anything if costs are larger.

Television contracts require the league to play out the rest of the season. If the NHL decides to cancel due to Coronavirus, they could end up owing NBC Sports and whomever else broadcasts National Hockey League games, credits next season. That could put the league behind big time.

Whenever a business has a shortfall, and 1 billion is nothing to sneeze at, the company must make up for the shortfall. It doesn’t matter the company. The NHL doesn’t have $200 billion in cash stocked away like Apple. They can’t just call up their financial advisor and ask for $1 billion dollars.

What would an NHL return to play look like?

Some believe the NHL will start skating around June 1. Players must get into skating shape before any competitive action happens. Before any skating can happen, European players must get back to North America. Before that can happen, Canada and the United States must come to an agreement regarding travel.

All of that is possible because the pandemic is trending in our favor. Both cases and deaths have slid. As the trends level, sports leagues, including the NHL, can get back to work.

The league said that teams will give players guidance by this Thursday, April 30. Let’s cross our fingers that it’s good news.

Even if the league must play without fans, they will still play. It helps that Dana White at UFC has committed to 3 promotions in May. That has bolstered the NHL’s confidence that they can finish the season.

Russia Liga Pro Short Hockey Continues

Russia Liga Pro short hockey play games almost every night despite the Coronavirus. You can wager on those hockey matches while the NHL puts together a plan to restart the season. The good news is that short hockey is a fast-paced, exciting game. The other good news is that you shouldn’t have to wait much longer before the National Hockey League presents their plan.

We should have more info in next Monday’s NHL update. Until then, good luck!