Columbus could host games under NHL's reopening plan

Columbus could host games under NHL's reopening plan

If during one of the three phases a bottom seven team doesn't win, then they will have to do a second phase between the qualifying round and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the first step will be to identify these two cities for each conference, with Bettman adding that a decision on the two hub cities will likely need to be made within three or four weeks. "I know I join sports fans everywhere when I say we can not wait for our players to hit the ice again".

The Sabres finished with the Eastern Conference's 13th-best points percentage (.493), meaning they just missed the cut for the qualifying round. Each team would be limited to 50 personnel in the hub city, with limited support staff permitted in event areas. The NHL is resuming play with a 24-team play-in tournament where the top four seeds in each conference are automatically in. "We're doing this because we're hearing from our fans that they want to see us back and they want to see a conclusion to the '19-'20 season, even if that's on television [with no fans present]". That means that the Boston Bruins have clinched the Presidents' Trophy-reserved for the team that finishes with the best regular season record-while Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers is the recipient of the Art Ross Trophy, which is awarded to the player who leads the league in points at the end of the regular season. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

But if the National Hockey League had its druthers it would want one hub city in the east and the other in the west to ensure a maximum number of practices, and more importantly, games could be staged throughout the day, which would push cities like Pittsburgh and Columbus toward the top of the pile.

As for the rest of the playoff eligible teams ranked 5th through 12th, they will have to battle it out in a best-of-five game series. The top four teams from each conference will get a ticket to the first round of the playoffs directly. Ten cities (Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Toronto) are being considered. According to Commissioner Bettman, "It depends on what the world looks like", when deciding if play can resume in home arenas. We're in discussions with the Canadian government at this point in time on that issue.

At the moment, it's still not decided where the Stanley Cup Final will take place, with Daly suggesting the location might be one of the cities of participating teams.

The thing about being self-isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic is that it gives you a lot of time to think. Work on the construction site in Elmont, New York, has been paused since March 27, part of a shutdown of non-essential projects.

There is no doubt NBA commissioner Adam Silver has analyzed what the NHL and Major League Baseball have put on the table to help him determine how to continue the basketball season.

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