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Q&A: Chris Osgood eager to see reshaped playoffs, says Detroit Red Wings' young stars need support
There’s some good players out there, still. You obviously wanted the first overall pick, and now you go three consecutive years falling pretty substantially down the draft. This one hurts, but in the end, there are plenty of first overall picks that haven’t panned out, so you never know. They’ll get a good player (at four) and they’ve done their due diligence on these players.

Osgood talks about the upcoming series, but he also talks a little about Detroit.

Around the NHL

NHL: No players tested positive for COVID-19 in final round of Phase 3 testing - CBSSports.com
Phase 3 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan concluded on Saturday. During the final week of Phase 3, which spanned from July 18 to July 25, 4,256 COVID-19 tests were conducted and none came back positive, according to an announcement from the league on Monday.

More than 800 players were tested during the week-long period. In addition, there were just two positive coronavirus tests during the two-week period of Phase 3 that featured NHL teams holding their respective training camps.

I’m still very cautious about saying that this could work, and I still believe it will be shut down before the Cup is awarded. At the same time, I’m going to be happy to see news like this. It’s one of those cases in which I would love to be wrong and to see great hockey and players stay healthy (in terms of COVID-19 at least).

Flyers no stranger to wacky NHL history in exhibition doubleheader
It’s notable because for just the second time in history, two NHL games will be held at the same site on the same day. And the Flyers were involved the only other time there was a doubleheader.

There’s going to be a lot of firsts or uncommon occurrences in the next few weeks.