NHLPA expected to approve NHL's return-to-play plan

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A number of National Hockey League players were reportedly "unhappy" with the results of a conference call with the NHLPA regarding the NHL's plans to restart the season following the coronavirus shutdown, according to the Athletic's Michael Russo.

The union added in its statement that "several details remain to be negotiated and an agreement on the format would still be subject to the parties reaching agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play". "Only if we can make it safe for everyone - including trainers, coaches, people who work at the rink (will we return to play)". The Avalanche entered the March 12th pause ranked second, trailing the Blues by two points with one game in hand. The NHL's proposal called for scrapping the rest of the regular season and starting postseason play with 24 teams grouped in two "hub" cities. Per the Athletic's Pierre Lebrun, Vegas, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver are in consideration. The league has said it wants to ensure a full 82-game schedule in 2020-21.

Under the plan proposed the top four teams in each of the Eastern and Western Conferences would play each other for seeding while the remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup.

The NHL playoffs usually involve eight teams from each conference, with the victor having to navigate four best-of-seven series following a full schedule.

The fourth seed in each conference would face the victor of the matchup between the 5 and 12 seeds, with the No. 3 seed taking on the victor of the 6-11 matchup.


It would be based on Conference and points percentage.

Notice how Buffalo didn't make it.

Winnipeg sniper Patrik Laine said earlier Friday before the announcement that getting back on the ice is what matters.

The Player's Association was voting on a proposed 24-team playoff format that would involve more teams (and, in doing so, would presumably interest more fans).

Players and executives also aren't certain about the format itself.

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