Wild in the Playoffs
According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston, the NHL and NHLPA are "working on a 24-team conference-based playoff setup."
Previous reports suggested that teams would play a number of "regular season" games in hub cities before launching into a postseason tournament, but it sounds like the "Return to Play” Committee is now embracing a more creative approach. As outlined by Friedman and Johnston, the top four seeds in the East for this conference-based 24-team playoff bracket would be Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington, and Philadelphia. The top four seeds in the West would be St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas, and Dallas. They would all receive byes through the play-in round, with 16 teams remaining for a best-of-five "opening round." After that, the series would all be best-of-sevens. The teams and players still have to approve the proposal, but there are said to be discussions happening on Thursday.
May 21, 2020, 3:01 PM ET
"So let it be written.
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