Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that “at least” four NHL teams — the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, and Pittsburgh Penguins — are investigating playing their home games outdoors next season. The teams are seeing if the change in venue could allow them to host some fans during regular-season games next season.

As the coronavirus pandemic rages out of control in the United States — more than 2,800 deaths were reported on Wednesday — the likelihood of fans being allowed inside into arenas for the 2020-21 season becomes less realistic by the day.