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All About The NHL Playoff Format

NEW YORK (June 4, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today more details of its playoff format for the 2019-20 Return To Play Plan:

Series Lengths

The Qualifying Round will be composed of best-of-five series. All other rounds (First Round, Second Round, Conference Finals, Stanley Cup Final) will be best-of-seven series.

“Seeding” Format

In each succeeding round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the highest remaining seed in each conference will face the lowest remaining seed, the second-highest remaining seed in each conference will face the second-lowest remaining seed, etc.

Round Robin Tiebreaker

Ties in the Round Robin – featuring the top four teams from each conference – will be broken by regular season points percentage. The seeding order for these teams then will remain the same throughout the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Home” Ice

* In the Qualifying Round, the higher-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 1, 2 and 5. The lower-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 3 and 4.

* In the First Round, Second Round and Conference Finals, the higher-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 3, 4 and 6.

* In the Stanley Cup Final, the team with the higher regular season points percentage will be designated as the home team in Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The team with the lower regular season points percentage will be designated as the home team in Games 3, 4 and 6.

Today’s announcement follows approval by the League’s Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players’ Association. The agreement is subject to the NHL and the NHLPA reaching an overall agreement on resuming play.  

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WingedRider's avatar

Paul, somehow I lost your last comment

Bettman stated that he wanted at least one Hub to be in Canada (cheaper), after that I stopped reading.

Yes the 14 day quarantine but te quarantine might not be applicable July 31. The problem as I see it is Quebec is totally out of control with its Covid planning and are opening up some businesses and the major Hub I think he wants is Toronto, which the total new cases is still increasing ( real mess Health wise).

Edmonton wants it really bad and will be willing o make exceptions (so the Premier of Alberta thinks), the best city with regards to health safety, is Vancouver.

They purchased Covid-19 supplies with there own Money and got a head start (others waited for Federal money).  It is by far the best City (Health wise, Hotels at the airport, etc) and will open quicker.  A problem might arise as the Premier has stated there will be no exceptions, period.

I think I heard a July 31 restart so who knows what the Covid status will be mid July.  Vancouver has suggested their practice rink as the HUB.  Players might not be in favor of Hotels and quality of of amenities.

Of course Bettman says he is in negotiations with the Prime Minister, Prime Minister says, no comment.

I think they will find a Canadian Hub. Which one, no idea. Not a lot of choices at this time.

I agree that any blog on this topic is a waste of resources as the restart ever changing plan.

This just came into my feeds “Ontario, Quebec account for more than 90% of recent national COVID-19 cases, federal data shows”  90% is too much of a risk , IMO

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/04/20 at 04:14 PM ET

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