The Lightning are heading to the Edmonton bubble. They just don't know when.

By Diana C. Nearhos, Tampa Bay Times on

Published in Hockey


Are families joining them?

It's complicated.

Spending so much time away from their families has been a concern for players from the beginning discussions about hub play. The compromise was trying to get families to join them for the conference finals and Stanley Cup final.

That might be tough to make happen, though.

Canada requires anyone entering the country to quarantine for 14 days. The NHL has been able to get around that by requiring negative coronavirus tests on four consecutive days and then traveling into Canada on chartered flights with further testing on that side of the trip.

If families enter the country on commercial airlines, they'll be subject to that 14-day quarantine. If they can travel privately, it might be possible. But that's complicated to figure out for so many different families coming from different places.

An option could be to have families gather in team cities, undergo the same testing players and staff did before reporting and then travel all together.



What about Nikita Kucherov?

This question is not about bubbles or travel, but it's one of the biggest in the minds of Lightning fans.

Cooper did not have an update on the star right wing.

Kucherov left Monday's game after taking a stick to the face from Zdeno Chara. Cooper said Monday night he didn't know Kucherov's status and would share an update the next day. On Tuesday, Cooper said he hadn't seen many players since the team had a day off, and any update would have to wait another day.

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