Wednesday, May 27, 2020

NHL Playoff Notes

24 Teams Will Resume Play

Top 12 in each Conference (includes Rangers, 11th place, 0.564%, and Islanders, 7th place, 0.588% )

Remaining 7 Teams to Draft Lottery (Friday, June 26):
  1. Detroit Red Wings - 18.5%
  2. Ottawa Senators - 13.5%
  3. Ottawa Senators (from the San Jose Sharks) - 11.5%
  4. Los Angeles Kings - 9.5%
  5. Anaheim Ducks - 8.5%
  6. New Jersey Devils - 7.5%
  7. Buffalo Sabres - 6.5%
  8.  8-15 teams - remaining 24.5%

2019-20 Regular Season is complete for awards and record-keeping purposes

Top 4 Teams in each conference to play round robin for seeding (3 games) - *Regular Season OT/Shootout Rules*

Remaining 8 teams in each conference to play best of 5 qualifying series - *Playoff OT Rules* - Eastern Conference pairings:

  • (5) Penguins vs. (12) Canadiens
  • (6) Hurricanes vs. (11) Rangers
  • (7) Islanders vs. (10) Panthers
  • (8) Maple Leafs vs. (9) Blue Jackets

1st Rd & 2nd Rd: Best-of-5 or Best-of-7
Conference Finals & Stanley Cup Final: Best-of-7

1st Round Matchups via Seeding or Fixed Bracket is to be determined


  • Phase 1 (current lockdown situation)
  • Phase 2 (a return to club facilities for training in small groups — will begin June 8th)
  • Phase 3 (training camps - will start on July 10th)
  • Phase 4 (playoffs start - to be announced)
NHL Update on June 4th:

All Series, Except Qualifying Round, Will Be Best-of-Seven; Matchups in Each Round Will Be Determined by Seeding; Round Robin Ties Will Be Broken by Regular Season Points Percentage and Phase 2 will start June 8th

NHL Update on June 11th:

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that formal training camps (Phase 3) for the 24 teams resuming play will open on Friday, July 10, provided that medical and safety conditions allow and the parties have reached an overall agreement on resuming play.

NHL Announces Transition to Phase 2 of Return to Play Plan
NHL Announces More Details of Playoff Format for Return to Play Plan
NHL, NHLPA Agree on Opening Date for Formal Training Camps

NBC Sports:
Plenty to figure out before NHL decides on hub cities
NHL announces return-to-play plans
A Look at the Eastern Conference Matchups

NHL tells players Phase 3 of return-to-play plan won’t start before July 10

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