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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman introduced Tuesday that the 2019-20 regular season is formally over, citing the coronavirus, and the league will purpose to move forward with the Stanley Cup playoffs in two hub cities that will be recognized at a later date.
The highest 12 groups in every convention will advance to the playoffs, they usually will be ranked primarily based on proportion factors from the ultimate standings as they stood on March 11 when the season was placed on maintain as a result of coronavirus pandemic. However, the remaining seven groups will enter the NHL Draft lottery.
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The highest 4 groups in every convention ranked by factors proportion — Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia within the East and St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas within the West — will play separate round-robin tournaments to find out seeding.
The remaining 16 groups will be seeded by convention, establishing best-of-five sequence within the East of No. 5 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 Montreal, No. 6 Carolina vs. No. 11 New York Rangers, No. 7 New York Islanders vs. No. 10 Florida, and No. eight Toronto vs. No. 9 Columbus.
Within the West, it will be No. 5 Edmonton vs. No. 12 Chicago, No. 6 Nashville vs. No. 11 Arizona, No. 7 Vancouver vs. No. 10 Minnesota, and No. eight Calgary vs. No. 9 Winnipeg.
The seven groups trying forward to the NHL Draft lottery embody: Buffalo, New Jersey, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Ottawa and Detroit.
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Golf equipment will be permitted to journey with a most of 50 staff personnel to their hub metropolis, and a restricted variety of individuals will be capable to entry the occasion stage at every venue. A complete system of testing will be in place in every hub metropolis, which Bettman says is narrowed right down to the next: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver.
“One will be the site for the resuming Eastern Conference clubs, the other will play host to the resuming Western Conference clubs,” Bettman stated. “Each will have secure arenas, practice facilities, hotels, and local transportations for our players, coaches, and essential staff.”
The league is at present in Part 1 of its return-to-play plan, which consists of golf equipment self-isolating as a lot as potential. Bettman said that in early June, the league expects to enter Part 2, which suggests golf equipment can return to their particular person apply services or voluntary small teams on-and-off ice coaching. Part three of the plan will be the opening of formal coaching camps.
“The timing of our entry into Phase 3 again will be determined by guidance from medical and civil authorities,” Bettman stated. “While we are anxious to open camps as soon as possible, we don’t envision doing so before the first half of July.”
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When applicable, the NHL expects to move into Part 4, which suggests taking part groups will report back to their respective hub cities, and play will resume. Bettman said that they anticipate taking part in over the summer season, and into the early fall.
“At this time, we are not fixing dates because the schedule of our return-to-play will be determined by both developing circumstances, and the needs of our players,” Bettman stated. “Again the final determination will depend on COVID-19 conditions, testing availability, and government regulations.”