Who would the Leafs play if the NHL goes right into the playoffs?

Obviously we have to preface every one of these pieces by saying no one really has any idea if the NHL can, and eventually will, come back to try and finish the 2019-20 campaign in some fashion. All we can do is talk in hypothetical and speculate on what things might look like based on what plans are being hashed out behind the scenes.
With that said, information does continue to spill out, so let’s take a look at the latest potential return scenario and how it would affect the Leafs.
There’s been a lot of speculation about whether the league should even try to finish its regular season. Is there really any point to assemble teams who have nothing left to play for? Apparently the league is starting to lean towards not bringing them back. According to Larry Brooks of the NYPost, who surely has friends at the league office, it’s most likely the league instead goes right into a 24-team tournament with sort of a pre-playoffs and then the more typical structure.
The dynamic changes by the day, if not by the hour, but sources on both sides of the …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

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