NHL Return-to-Play Plan: Expect Different Hockey in the Round Robin and Qualifying Round
In a normal season, teams are usually entering the playoffs bruised and battered. This year will be different as almost all players are coming in fresh. Some players who would have been out, are now healthy enough to return.
NHL Return-to-Play Plan: Could Changes to This Season’s Schedule Become Permanent?
With this season potentially being pushed into October, a December, maybe January start to next season could push the 2021-22 Stanley Cup Final into July. There is some talk that a later finish could become the norm.
With the 24-team playoff format, losers of the play-in series have a chance to win the NHL draft lottery. There is the possibility Alexis Lafreniere could end up on the wing beside Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid/Leon Draisaitl.