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NHL working on 24-team playoff format to resume hockey season


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NHL working on 24-team playoff format to resume hockey season

The NHL and NHLPA are discussing a novel 24-team event to precede the Stanley Cup Playoffs at any time when hockey is ready to return, studies mentioned.

First revealed by French Canadian outlet TVA Sports and confirmed by Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic and TSN, the format would come with 24 groups to account for misplaced regular-season video games and the uncertainty of which groups would lock up the ultimate bids to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Conveniently, the highest 24 groups within the league standings are break up evenly, 12 and 12, from every convention. The reported plan requires round-robin tournaments among the many 4 divisions, with minimal adjustments wanted – the New York Rangers could be moved into the Atlantic Division and the Minnesota Wild into the Pacific Division for stability.

The members and their respective divisions could be:

Metropolitan: Capitals, Flyers, Penguins, Hurricanes, Islanders, Blue Jackets

Atlantic: Bruins, Lightning, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Canadiens, Rangers

Central: Blues, Avalanche, Stars, Jets, Predators, Stars, Blackhawks

Pacific: Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames, Canucks, Coyotes, Wild

The format is a bit convoluted: First, each crew would play each different participant from its division spherical robin-style. The high two groups from every division would qualify for the following spherical, and the remaining groups would face off in some best-of-three collection to determine who else goes by means of.

Then, with 16 groups, the NHL would return to the traditional Stanley Cup Playoffs format.

As was beforehand reported, the league is leaning towards resuming video games in 4 crew markets the place a number of groups would keep at a time.

LeBrun reported that the league and the gamers’ union made progress over the weekend, with extra talks to come within the subsequent few days. He additionally mentioned the league could announce this week what it’ll do in regards to the NHL draft, which was initially scheduled for June 26-27.

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