NHL approves playoff plan: Bruins to play in one of two ‘hub’ cities, but no date set for return

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman introduced that the NHL has accepted a plan for the league to return to play, with 24 of the 31 groups leaping straight into the playoffs.

The Bruins will play in one among two to-be-determined hub cities, and can play in a round-robin format with three different groups – the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Washington Capitals, and the Philadelphia Flyers – to find out playoff seeding.

Right now, the Bruins have the highest seed based mostly on their regular-season efficiency.

Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver are into account as hub cities. Teams can be divided up by convention.

Bettman hit on a lot of subjects to open his presentation, together with the truth that the league is working with steerage from civil and medical authorities.

“Ensuring health and safety has been central to our planning so far, and it remains so,” he stated.

“As we seek some return to normalcy, this is an important day. I know I join sports fans everywhere when I say we cannot wait for our players to hit the ice again.”

The format and collection size of the primary and second rounds remains to be to be decided, whereas the convention championships and Stanley Cup Finals will each finest best-of-seven. Training camp will begin no sooner than July 1, Bettman stated.

NHLPA chief Donald Fehr stated the negotiations that went into the settlement went easily.

“It worked out pretty well,” Fehr stated. “The players’ members of the committee really did yeoman’s work here.”

The seven groups not noted of the playoffs will enter the draft lottery.

Regular-season video games had been suspended on March 12 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On Sunday, the league circulated a memo to groups with pointers about how gamers can return to the ice for small-group practices.

A particular date was not cited, however “Phase 2” will start in early June. “Phase 1” started when the league suspended video games.

Under Phase 2, gamers will be capable to work out and skate at NHL follow services, so long as native rules enable for it, in teams of not more than six.