Earlier today, Gary Bettman made an official announcement regarding the NHL’s Return to Play plan, and how they hope to bring back hockey.
Basically, everything we’ve heard over the last few weeks has been made official. The 24 team playoff format has been approved, the top four teams in each conference will be re-seeded based on the round robin play-in games, and the lottery format that has been talked about over the last couple days has also been approved.
There were a few interesting things to take away from this news, so let’s dive in.
The regular season is done
Yeah, the 2019-20 regular season is officially over, so stats and records are final, and awards will be considered based on the games that have been played.
So, Leon Draisaitl wins the Art Ross, Alex Ovechkin and/or David Pastrnak wins the Rocket Richard, and Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak win the Jennings. This also means that Auston Matthews won’t get a chance to reach 50 goals or break Rick Vaive’s single season goal record.
That said, the league hasn’t decided what to do with stats from the play-in round, …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation