Morning Free Association: Playoffs Confirmed

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We’ve been talking about it seemingly forever. Various fans have been mixed on whether there should be regular season games or playoffs or even anything at all. Many fans were outraged that the playoff format would involve 24 teams. Today Gary Bettman confirmed that that would be part of the plan for the reopening of the NHL postseason.

The Main Points:

  • Twelve teams from each conference will be playing this postseason. Currently their seeding is determined by points percentage.
  • Two cities will be considered as hubs for the postseason, with one representing The Eastern Conference and the other the Western. Only 50 personnel from each team will be permitted to travel to these cities and a small amount will be permitted at the event level. Bettman declined to name those two cities as of yet.
  • Possible hub cities include: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, and Toronto. Final determination will hinge upon current information of the outbreak in those cities, testing capabilities, and government regulations.
  • All sorts of medical and safety precautions will be in place to test NHL players and team personnel. Self-quarantine will be in effect for all players and personnel.
  • Teams will return to home cities in early June to begin playing in small practice groups with formal training camp beginning no earlier than July 1st.
  • The top four teams in each conference will play each of the other teams in a round-robin format to determine seeding. Those games will abide by regular season rules regarding overtime and shootouts. Should there be a tie between teams, the points percentage will be used as a tie-breaker.
  • The first round will be play-in round between teams 5-12 with playoff overtime rules in effect.
  • At this time, players are still discussing whether or not there will be a re-seeding or a bracket structure to determine how the winners of the play-in round will face off against the round-robin teams. Also it’s unknown if the first two rounds will be best of 5 or best of 7. The conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final will be a best of 7.
  • He discusses the draft lottery situation, which we will save for tomorrow.

So, with that, the regular season is done. Sadly, Pasta didn’t get the chance to score his 50 goals and remains tied with Alex Ovechkin for the most goals at 48. Although they should both share the Rocket Richard Trophy, word is that NHLPA head Don Fehr thinks that stats from the play in round could be counted with the regular season totals.

Of course someone wants Auston Matthews to win something. If the play-in goals are counted, then the round-robin ones should be as well.

With the regular season officially over, it seems that Jacobs’ should be able to disperse that $1.5 million fund they established for their employees who were unable to work the final games as they were cancelled.

We’ll see what happens.

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Am a little uncomfortable with the idea of playing again, and also confused, because the break has been long enough that I’ve moved on from hockey for the season (the SCF would have been over by now in a normal season).

At least I was a little more organized this morning even though I “overslept” (time – does it mean anything, really?). It was nice to be dressed properly when taking the dog out for his morning pee.

The dog is cool, but there’s been a fair amount of stress as he gets acclimated. He keeps running off to the basement, which is confusing – if he finds a way to get into mischief down there, it could get pretty bad. (think paint, hand & power tools, insecticides, etc.)
He also freaks out at some weird times. He lost his shit this morning when a car drove by too quickly. He gets upset on walks when strangers get too close. I think we’re going to have to take him to obedience classes. At least he seems to be able to make friends with other dogs.

Quaider4everwash
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Boomer!!!!! I think he’ll settle in soon. Time and love fix everything!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

He gets upset on walks when strangers get too close.

Same. Boomer, same.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

and also confused, because the break has been long enough that I’ve moved on from hockey for the season

I hear you and it’s another reason I’m not really excited about this whole playoff thing. I’m already over the season so this doesn’t feel like playoffs. Feels more like pre season games or something.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

It really seems like they should just go to next season

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That’s my other issue (I have a lot of issues today! grin ) At what point to you say enough with trying to finish this season and not delay next season. At this point they were saying January to start next season I think I read?

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Morning all.
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Still not comfortable with this push to have playoffs mostly because I worry about the health and safety of staff and players.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Hey All!
Whatever the players work out is fine with me. I don’t mind 24 teams. I would have liked Pasta to get 50, but i also don’t want him to have an asterisk next to his 50.
Great afternoon of surfing yesterday!!!
The pool is now open!!!! Woo hoo!! Summer!!

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Hi all. I will welcome hockey back, even if it will be a bit weird. The crowd atmosphere certainly adds a lot. It’ll be interesting to see how much.

They could make all the players wear a fishbowl. That would help the Bruins!