Elliotte Friedman reported that there are talks of playoff hockey happening but in a different way than what we are used to.
Breaking it down
24 teams would make the postseason and top seeds would see a bye. Puck Report on twitter was able to break it down in a more digestible manner.
Latest rumored playoff format from @FriedgeHNIC in bracket
5 PIT-12 MTL winner v 4 PHI
6 CAR-11 NYR winner v 3 WSH
7 NYI-10 FLA winner v 2 TB
8 TOR-9 CBJ winner v 1 BOS
— NHL News (@puck_report2) May 21, 2020
First Round Bye for Boston
For Bruins fans, this means we’d go a little bit longer without playoff hockey. We’d be left out of the first round which is tragic but at the end of the day, we avoid a first-round exit. So it’s a win-win.
A first-round- bye would allow the Bruins more time to prepare for the return of hockey. The momentum you typically see going into the playoffs is not going to be there. Teams are going to have to work harder. The pause halted any and all on-ice conditioning. It’s going to take some to get used to the everyday activity and logistics that go into hockey. It’s not rocket science there.
Bruins head coach, Bruce Cassidy is not a fan of this format.
Bruce Cassidy gives @Toucherandrich his playoff preference: "From our position, I'd rather it just be 16 [teams]. Four rounds, four out of seven, let's go."
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) May 20, 2020
The 2019-20 season was not a complete season and will more than likely have an asterisk next to it in the history books. The season might not be completed but in order to save time, they’re going to have to wipe their hands at a 69-70 game season and call it a day. Formatting the playoffs in a traditional way only seems fair.
A Look Around The League
The Battle of Alberta
The Battle of Alberta was one of the most anticipated series. You didn’t have to be a Flames or Oiler fan to look forward to the energy of that series. The Oilers were finally a competitive team again and were on the hunt to reclaim Alberta as theirs. It’s a shame that fans are going to miss out on this.
Potential Success for Toronto
Toronto hasn’t seen playoff success since 2004. Sixteen years without a playoff series win has to be depressing. Boston fans cannot and may not ever relate. If the Leafs do in fact meet Columbus in the first round, there’s a really good chance that drought in broken.
Bringing this to fruition is going to take a lot of work. It’s not as simple as snapping our fingers and the puck drops in 2 weeks. I don’t like this format at all. I think the first round should be a one game elimination to cut back on time. If we can get hockey back in a safe manner, inject it into my veins.
-Jess Belmosto (@jessbelmosto)
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