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Our friends at sister sites Boston Hockey Now and Pittsburgh Hockey Now have been working their sources hard today about the ongoing NHLPA vote as to whether to accept a reported 24-team playoff format (dates and location still to be determined) and both sites are reporting that the plan was narrowly approved.

This has yet to be officially announced by the NHLPA, but where there’s smoke…

Earlier in the day, old friend Bob “Big Dog” McKenzie tweeted that the plan was expected to pass.

Over here at Colorado Hockey Now, I had a pretty high-powered agent tell me that he was still unsure whether it had passed, but he also spent much of the day traveling. I’ve been a bit out of commission the last few days, dealing with some back issues. (The gist: I basically have to try and overcome my latest issues surrounding a couple of discs with pilates and other physical therapy. And if that doesn’t work, my last resort is fusion surgery, which the doc told me only has about a 60-70% chance of working).

The reported format of 24 teams have two hub cities, 12 teams each, and the top four clubs in each conference get a first-round bye. The Avalanche would be one of those teams.

The proposal would have the top four conference teams (based on points percentage) playing each another for seeding, while the remaining 16 teams would play best-of-five series in a play-in round. The play-in round would have the No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 (with the winner advancing to play the fourth seed), No. 6 vs. No. 11 (winner plays the third), No. 7 vs. No. 10 (winner plays the second), and No. 8 vs. No. 9 (winner plays the first). That would leave 16 teams to play for the Stanley Cup. There reportedly have been some disagreements of those within the NHLPA about the format, but as everyone has said: there is no perfect solution, in a time of global pandemic.

The brackets would, based on current points percentages, look like this:

Eastern Conference
Pittsburgh Penguins (5) vs. Montreal Canadiens (12)
Carolina Hurricanes (6) vs. New York Rangers (11)
New York Islanders (7) vs. Florida Panthers (10)
Toronto Maple Leafs (8) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (9)

Top seeds: Boston (1), Tampa Bay (2), Washington (3), Philadelphia (4)

Western Conference
Edmonton Oilers (5) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (12)
Nashville Predators (6) vs. Arizona Coyotes (11)
Vancouver Canucks (7) vs. Minnesota Wild (10)
Calgary Flames (8) vs. Winnipeg Jets (9)

Top seeds: St. Louis (1), Colorado (2), Vegas (3), Dallas (4)

I’ll have more to say on this, maybe even a bit later, once things are actually official.

I think we’re still at least more than a full month away from having any kind of hockey game played, so don’t be grabbing your Avs jerseys out of the closet just yet. But, at least there’s some real hope now.

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B

Great news. Back to work, everyone!

B

I’m talking back to work EVERYONE. This thing is a joke.

Fan

To soon

Fan

To soon to start

B

Why?

Matt Briggle

I don’t mind the format, but I would like to see the 4 winners of the play in bracket re-seeded before starting the official round 1. As they say tho, nothing is going to be perfect. I think the absolute soonest we could see games start would be middle of July. Between the issues that still have to be worked out between the league and the PA as well as with the governments involved and getting players transported across currently closed borders to start the phase one part of the plan is still going to be a challenge that will… Read more »

B

I think we’re at least 4 weeks away from games as well. And totally agree, they must re-seed after the play-in games. But I won’t complain as long as we have playoffs this summer.

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Ben

So when is the actual return date?

GWood

Thanks for the update AD, hope you get your back issues solved. I think it will be weird at first with no crowd noise but this sport so fast paced and high energy, I think we will all forget about it after awhile and just enjoy it for the superior sport that it is. After every goal, you will only hear the players shout and what not, just like when the road team scores. I think they should crank some tunes even when they are playing, that would fire these guys up IMO.

dp10

European football leagues are in the process of restarting. Timing wise I would expect NHL to follow a few weeks afterwards. The biggest challenge could be getting players to come back immediately. As far as I understand international travel is still very difficult to nonexistent at the moment.

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