Edmonton, AB (Learfield News Service) - The Minnesota Wild open the qualifying round series of the NHL restart Sunday night in Edmonton.

Zach Parise says the NHL "bubble" has exceeded expectations and he's ready to get back to playing games again. The Wild and Canucks play a best-of-five series with the winner advancing in the playoffs.

The Associated Press is reporting Minnesota's Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem when he did so before Saturday's Oilers-Blackhawks in Edmonton. Dumba made a speech about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter before the anthems on behalf of the league and the Hockey Diversity Alliance. He and a handful of other Black hockey players formed the organization in June

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