Game on: NHL returns after months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19

NHL hockey returns today after a months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Montreal Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers meet the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place as part of today's three-game exhibition schedule that kicks off Phase 4 of the league's return-to-play plan.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers square off in Toronto in today's other game.

Edmonton and Toronto are serving as hub cities for the 24 NHL teams that are returning to action, though the Canadiens and Flames are listed as the home teams tonight.

Each team will play an exhibition game at Scotiabank Arena or Rogers Place between today and Thursday before the playoff qualification round begin on Saturday.

The NHL suspended its season March 12 due to the spreading global pandemic and announced its four-stage return plan May 26.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 28, 2020.

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