The league likewise is pondering a lowered schedule and short-term centers. > The NHL had zero cases in the bubble during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, however what's next for the league? The NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season. You'll go back, go home for a week, be with your family.

The NHL had absolutely no cases in the bubble during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, however what's next for the league? Andi Petrillo talks with NHL analyst Dave Poulin. 6:03

The NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season. Details are still being worked out in talks between the league and NHL Players' Association.

The NHL ended up last season in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, but Bettman has eliminated using bubbles for an entire schedule.

"We are exploring the possibility of playing in our own buildings without fans [or] fans where you can, which is going to be an arena-by-arena concern," Bettman said, according to an ESPN.com report.

"But we're also checking out the possibility of a hub. You'll come in. You'll play for 10 to 12 days. You'll play a lot of games without travelling. You'll return, go home for a week, be with your family. We'll have our screening protocols and all the other things you require."

The NHL likewise could utilize a hybrid model with some teams in a bubble and some in the house, and teams moving in and out of the situations, Bettman stated.

The NHL could choose a short-lived adjustment of its groups for next season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NHL analyst Dave Poulin talks about NHL's next steps:


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