On eve of NHL season opener

NHL Qualification round – a daily diary drive around all the action

TAMPA – The playoffs are underway inside the NHL created bubbles of Edmonton and Toronto.
There are best-of-five qualification series. There are round-robin seeding games between the top four teams in each conference. The "official" playoffs have not even begun and if the start of this summer brand of hockey is any indication, it's must watch television (since so few can actually watch the games in person).
It's all different. It's all new. And it's all great.
Follow along in this opening week of chaos with a daily diary by Kevin. - Erik
August 1st
Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2 (CAR 1-0):
If Sebasti...


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