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NHLPA board approves league's plan for 24-team playoffs upon return

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id...onavirus-return

Old Post 05-23-20 04:30 PM
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The regular season is over
Each conference will be assigned a hub city for the playoffs
24-team postseason format
The bottom eight qualifying teams in each conference will play a best-of-5 series to get into the playoffs
The top four seeds will play in a round robin to determine seeding
We donít know if the bracket will re-seed after each round
Each team will be limited to 50 personnel
Training camp will not begin before July 1
Bettman did say he expects the Stanley Cup Playoffs to spill over into the fall, which likely means a late July start to the postseason, at the earliest.

We donít know the host cities either, but here are the 10 under consideration: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver.

Whatís the Format?
The NHL will roll with a format reported last week ó 24 teams, with the top four teams in each conference getting a bye (though they will be playing each other for seeding).

That would pit the 5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, and 8 vs. 9 in best-of-five series.

The winners of those play-in series will play the 1-4 seeds, who will play a round robin against the other three teams to determine seeding. (We donít have full details on that yet).

The league is unsure if the true first and second rounds will be best-of-five or best-of-seven, but the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will be a seven-game series.

The teams eliminated during the qualifying round will be eligible for the NHL Draft lottery, along with the seven teams that finished 25-31 during the shortened regular season.

Intentional or not, the expansion does rope in some of the leagueís biggest markets with the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens all qualifying when they would not have in a normal year.

Play-In Round Matchups
Some of the smaller markets wonít be happy with how this shook out.

Here are the matchups in the East.

No. 5 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 Montreal
No. 6 Carolina vs. No. 11 NY Rangers
No. 7 NY Islanders vs. No. 10 Florida
No. 8 Toronto vs. No. 9 Columbus
And in the West.

No. 5 Edmonton vs. No. 12 Chicago
No. 6 Nashville vs. No. 11 Arizona
No. 7 Vancouver vs. No. 10 Minnesota
No. 8 Calgary vs. No. 9 Winnipeg

Old Post 05-26-20 11:26 PM
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Hope all is well Lippsman - canít wait to the restart




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