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NHL Adopts 24-Team Playoff Format if it can Resume Season

NHL Adopts 24-Team Playoff Format if it can Resume Season

Stephen Whyno & John Wawrow
Updated: May 26, 2020 03:52 PM

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

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Commissioner Gary Bettman says the decision is not a guarantee that games are coming back.

The NHL and its players' union must still figure out safety protocols and other issues, including where to play.

Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16, including the Minnesota Wild, face off in best-of-five series.

The Wild, seeded 10th in the Western Conference, would face the seventh seeded Cancucks in the first qualifying round.

The league has been shut down since March.

In going ahead with the top 12 teams in each conference, the decision officially ends the seasons of the league’s bottom seven teams. They are Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose.

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Stephen Whyno & John Wawrow

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