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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price announced Saturday he is opting out of the 2020 MLB season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Multiple players throughout the league have tested positive as teams gather for training camp ahead of the planned 60-game season.

"After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family's health to not play this season," the 34-year-old pitcher wrote on Twitter.

"I will miss my teammates and will be cheering for them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory. I'm sorry I won't be playing for you this year, but look forward to representing you next year."

Price was acquired by the Dodgers via trade in February. The team released a statement backing Price.

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"The Dodgers fully support David's decision to sit out the 2020 season," the team said, according to CBS Los Angeles. "We have been in constant contact with David and we understand how much this deliberation weighed on him and his family. We know he'll be rooting hard for the club every day and look forward to having him back with us in 2021."

Price is now the seventh player to opt out of the 2020 season.

As teams continue to prepare for the 2020 season, which is scheduled to begin at the end of July, multiple players across the league have tested positive. New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced DJ LeMehieu and Luis Cessa both tested positive.

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Four Atlanta Braves players, including all-star first baseman Freddie Freeman, also tested positive, the team reported. Four Miami Marlins players have also tested positive, but their identities were not disclosed.

According to CBS Sports, 1.2% of tests of MLB players have come back positive thus far.

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NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens Game 1 preview, stream, start time, TV channel and more

The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens are set to drop the puck for their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup 

The Stanley Cup Qualifiers provided a plethora of high-octane action, staggering upsets and surprising sleeper picks to an NHL fandom collectively starved for hockey to return. The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens each sowed their fair share of chaos during the preliminary round and staged performances that put the rest of the league on notice.

After a tremendous second-half to the 2019-20 regular season, the Flyers looked destined to become a real playoff threat in the East. However, after a long layoff due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many were left wondering if the Flyers were actually as good as their record, or if they were just riding a hot streak.

Well, the Flyers silenced these questions in short order. Philadelphia went a perfect 3-0 in the Round Robin games, handily dispatching the East’s other juggernauts. The Flyers stymied the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning, allowing just three total goals while racking up 11 of their own and clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference in the process.

The Montreal Canadiens rode a bit of a different story into the playoffs. Following a season of turmoil in Montreal which included not one, but two eight-game losing streaks, the NHL’s expanded playoff format gave the Canadiens new life and a date with Sidney Crosby and the vaunted Pittsburgh Penguins.

Unfettered, the Canadiens pulled off a miraculous upset win, downing the Penguins in four games, thus earning themselves a chance to compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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Now these two teams will square off in a prime time matchup.

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The Philadelphia Flyers absolutely smothered their competition in the Round Robin, allowing the least amount of shots and goals in the league through their three games. They also featured a “scoring by committee” approach to the Round Robin, with the majority of their goals coming from the depth of their lineup, not the big guns like Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. Finally, Carter Hart was superb in his initial foray into playoff hockey, allowing just one even strength goal in two games.

On the other side of the ice, the Montreal Canadiens played a different game. They lost the territorial battle to the Penguins pretty significantly — getting outshot 34-29 on average — but Carey Price was the ultimate equalizer. Price had a sparkling 1.67 GAA and .947 SV% in his four starts, and allowed Montreal’s scrappy and opportunistic forward group to keep things close until they were able to pounce on a scoring chance.

The Flyers are a much more balanced team than Pittsburgh was — and Montreal for that matter — so the task and toll should be much greater for Price. Boasting potentially the deepest team in the playoffs outside of Tampa, when the Flyers forwards are clicking, they create waves of offense. That being said if Price remains hot, anything is possible.

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