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Questions While We Wait On The NHLPA And BOG

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Friday is Referendum Day in the National Hockey League.

It’s the day ballot boxes close on the ratification process for the NHL Players’ Association and NHL Board of Governors on an all-encompassing new collective bargaining agreement and return-to-play plan.

The NHLPA’s membership-wide vote closes in the union’s online portal at 6 p.m. ET, while the BOG is expected to convene on a 4 p.m. ET conference call. A simple majority is required to pass in both constituencies.

TSN has spelled out the details pending in the new CBA and the return-to-play plan.

While we wait, here are five lingering questions to ponder in the return of the Friday Five:

1. Will playoff records be broken?

The NHL’s memorandum of understanding revealed that qualifying round statistics will be included in playoff statistics for 2019-20.

There was no easy answer. Even though they are technically not playoff games, the individual stats had to count somewhere – and the regular season didn’t make a whole lot of sense, considering seven teams aren’t participating and not all 24 teams are playing the same number of games with the format. That left the option to count them as a separate career stat line, have the round vanish from record, or roll them into the playoff stats.


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