The NHL's chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America. Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says it is difficult to predict when cases of COVID-19 might peak or decrease. That uncertainty makes it unclear when players might be able to get back on the ice in small groups, let alone when games might resume. He says different regional or local health recommendations and lockdown protocols could affect how the league proceeds. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes it's too early to know whether fans would be allowed in whenever hockey is back.