Report: At least 7 NHL teams exploring outdoor home games
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While it's still unclear whether fans will be able to attend NHL games if and when the 2020-21 season begins, some teams are starting to get creative in order to potentially have spectators in attendance.

At least four teams - the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins - have investigated the idea of playing home games outdoors to allow people to attend, reports Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and Nashville Predators have also told the league that they're interested in playing outdoors, reports The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

The Kings were the first team to kick the idea around several months ago, Friedman added, as the team's ownership also owns Dignity Health Sports Park - a soccer stadium with a 27,000-person capacity that's home to the LA Galaxy.

Meanwhile, the Bruins have talked to city officials about different options and are in an "exploratory phase" regarding using Fenway Park. The Penguins have looked into Heinz Field and PNC Park.

Friedman cautions the plan is a long shot but adds teams are simply doing their due diligence by exploring all options. The costs of outdoor games are likely too high, and they would also require player approval.

Report: At least 7 NHL teams exploring outdoor home games
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