The pause button was pushed on the NHL season on March 12.

Nearly three weeks later, hockey officials are not yet ready to push the panic button.

Even with President Trump announcing Sunday that social distancing guidelines would be in place until April 30, the NHL still seems confident — or at least it is planning contingencies — for the crowning of a Stanley Cup champion in 2020.

Is that wishful thinking? Perhaps, since the spread of coronavirus is difficult to predict, especially when you’re factoring in the well-being of 31 teams that are spread across two countries, 17 states and five provinces.

Still, there is a considerable amount of money at stake. And if players can slowly begin to work back into shape in controlled settings, the timetable starts to look a little more plausible.