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ilovehomers's avatar

12-13 half season lockout was 48 games, right? I’d expect similar.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/02/20 at 11:29 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I agree. 48 game season. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 12/02/20 at 12:43 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I sort of picked 40 but what if the number is in the 30’s or less? Hate to say this but the NHL should take a year off with 30 or less games, I think??

I think Little Gary will work something out with the players.  I doubt if either side wants no Pay or no Revenue. In the END $$$ will decide the number of NHL Games. I will say that it is a mess, like many things with the Pandemic involved.

Take all the teams To Australia, they have had 4 weeks with no infections!!  Just Kidding.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/02/20 at 01:28 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Last year was very unique. TV contracts were play all or get nothing in the US (due to Buttman’s previous lockout that burned the networks). The Olympics got canceled and created a huge July/August hole for the NHL’s US & Canadian TV partners (NBC & CBC). This year both of these incentives do not exist.

Therefore, I expect a 2 month NHL regular season. With plenty of time to pause for the inevitable outbreaks that will happen.

How many games can the NHL cram safely into 2 months…I say 35-40 (but they will announce it as 50 game tentative schedule—with multiple games in a row a la MLB style). The NHL will expand the playoffs like last year with all but a few teams participating in play-in or seed determining games.

I also think like last year the NHL will throw a TV schedule that begins in the am and continues to the 10pm start with each game starting sequentially.

If a widespread vaccine is available all this could change…but I just don’t see it regarding the time frames established by the league and the TV providers Olympic deals.

In essence this season will be mercifully short and a reset season to re-establish hockey as a fall/winter/spring sport.

Posted by d ca on 12/02/20 at 03:24 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

They play 48 or they cancel the season, and I think its a 50/50 bet right now.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 12/02/20 at 04:50 PM ET

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