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NHL To Return: Part One

Today Gary Bettman announced what the Return to Play plan consisted of. There was a lot of information to consume and digest. If you’re looking for your one stop shop for information,  you came to the right place.

The Regular Season is Over

As expected, the remainder of the 2019-20 season has concluded.

David Pastrnak ties with Alexander Ovechkin with 48 goals, meaning they will co-share the Rocket Richard Award.  Pastrnak finishing the season without 50 goals seems criminal.

The Bruins are also awarded the President’s Trophy. That curse seems kind of irrelevant since we are just bathing in chaos.

The Boston Bruins goaltending tandem was outstanding this season. Tuukk Rask finished first in the league with a GAA of 2.12. Jaroslav Halak and Rask will be awarded the Jennings Trophy.

Playoff Formatting

Per Bettman, the top twelve teams in each conference will make the playoffs. Meaning, the 24 team playoff format is actually happening.

It doesn’t stop there though. Pour one out for the Bruins shootoff percentage as regular-season overtime rules apply in the round-robin segment.

There’s still some discussion going on regarding if the series will be best of five or seven. For the sake of protecting next season, I would say best of five is the best option.

Hub Cities

Each conference will have a hub city with hotels, practice facilities, transportation, and of course an arena. The hub cities were not announced today but the contenders have been named.

Draft Lottery

The draft has been a giant question mark since the league paused. There were talks of the draft in June. It seemed impossible to hold a draft with integrity at that time.

Bruins Get Screwed

The seeding round including shootouts is cruel. I get it, you can’t please everyone but shootouts, really? It seems like this could be the biggest downfall and red flag for the Bruins.

David Pastrnak being robbed of a 50 goal season is insane but then again, there’s always next year.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Return To Play Series!

-Jess Belmosto @jessbelmosto

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