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How will the Blackhawks be affected by 11 players testing for COVID-19?

Auston Matthews #34, Toronto Maple Leafs, Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Auston Matthews #34, Toronto Maple Leafs, Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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11 NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19. Will this be enough to end the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs before they even start? How will this affect the Chicago Blackhawks?

As of right now, the Chicago Blackhawks have had zero players test positive for the Coronavirus. Around the league, 11 players have tested positive, which isn’t good at all. That’s already more than the UFC, which has been back for over a month now.

This is something that could end the seasons for good, as the players’ health is a concern here. The more players testing positive for the Coronavirus adds more risk to the healthy players.

Is this something that should end the season? No, I don’t think so. This isn’t up to me though, this could be something that puts an end to the 24-team playoff and focus’ on a full 2020-21 NHL season.

I, for one, am not shocked that there are 11 players testing positive. NHL players have been returning home during the NHL pause, which adds the risk of spreading the virus.

Teams have to continue to test their players weekly, as the UFC does with Dana White and their fighters. The players who do test positive need to remain away from the team for at least 14 days. With there being a few weeks until training camps are due to start, it’s better to have players test positive now than on July 10th.

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Still, players staying healthy is the most important thing for everyone involved, as they’re human. I am curious to see what the league does from here on out. Of course, check out our Twitter page @Blackhawk_Up, where we will continue to give COVID-19 updates, along with NHL return updates.

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