While you may had been relaxing or already in bed, the NHL’s Players Association was busy on a conference call with players, discussing the latest Return to Play committee’s playoff plan in order to resume play.
As you know now, reports show that the breakdown would be the following: Twenty-four teams would get in, 12 from each conference. The top-4 teams in each conference – according to the standing when the shutdown occurred on March 12 – would get a bye through the play-in round. The next eight would meet in a best-of-five series. Those top four teams would play each other in a three-game round robin. While that round-robin is taking place, the remaining eight teams would square off in best-of-five, play-in series. Series would be best-of-seven after that.
The NHLPA is set to vote with many insiders predicting that the results will be revealed later on tonight, however, TSN’s Bob McKenzie explained in the wee morning hours that the call got spirited between players.
As McKenzie points out, even if the vote passes the new format, it might still be very tough for the NHL or NHLPA to move forward in the process. It remains to be seen if the reaction from players will put the 2019-20 season in jeopardy…