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NHL releases more details on upcomng Stanley Cup Playoffs
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NHL releases more details on upcomng Stanley Cup Playoffs

All series in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be best-of-7, and teams will be reseeded after each round, the NHL announced Thursday. When the NHL on May 26 announced its Return to Play Plan, which involved 24 teams in competition for the Stanley Cup, it said that the length of the first-round and second-round series would be determined.

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New York - Jun. 4, 2020:
All series in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be best-of-7, and teams will be reseeded after each round, the NHL announced Thursday.

When the NHL on May 26 announced its Return to Play Plan, which involved 24 teams in competition for the Stanley Cup, it said that the length of the first-round and second-round series would be determined.

The tournament will begin with a 16-team, eight-series Qualifying Round (best-of-5) and a Seeding Round Robin among the top four teams in each conference to determine seeds for the playoffs.

In each round of the playoffs, the highest remaining seed in each conference will face the lowest remaining seed, the second-highest remaining seed in each conference will face the second-lowest remaining seed, and so forth.

Ties during the round-robin will be broken by regular-season points percentage. The seeding order for these top-four teams then will remain the same throughout the playoffs.

In the qualifying round, the higher-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 1, 2 and 5. The lower-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 3 and 4.

During the first round, second round and conference finals, the higher-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower-seeded team will be designated as the home team in Games 3, 4 and 6.

In the Stanley Cup Final, the team with the higher regular-season points percentage will be designated as the home team in Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The team with the lower regular-season points percentage will be designated as the home team in Games 3, 4 and 6.

The NHL paused the regular season March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and said the remaining 189 games would not be completed. The 12 qualifying teams from the Eastern and Western conferences were determined by points percentage as of that date. Seven teams did not qualify.

The qualifying round and round-robin will be held at two hub cities to be identified, one for the 12 participating Eastern Conference teams and one for the 12 Western Conference teams, and begin at a date to be determined.

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers each will have a bye and play each other once in the round-robin to determine the order of the top four seeds for the first round of the playoffs.

The four Eastern Conference Qualifying Round series will be the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Montreal Canadiens, the Carolina Hurricanes against the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders against the Florida Panthers and the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars each will have a bye and play in the round-robin to determine their seeding order.

The four Western Conference Qualifying Round series will be the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Nashville Predators against the Arizona Coyotes, the Vancouver Canucks against the Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames against the Winnipeg Jets.


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