What the season structure could look like for the 2020-21 NHL season
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 590 on what the potential 2020-21 NHL season structure could look like.
** NHLrumors.com transcription
“Yes, from what I hear they’re talking 60 games. Now I did get a text this morning from someone who said it could go up to 62, but it looks like it’s 60. It’s a Canadian division, three U.S. divisions, basically, put your columns down the States and you get who is in what division.
Divisional play only in your own building, baseball-style back-to-backs in one arena. Playoffs begin at the latest mid-May.
I believe there is going to be a week or two built into the schedule after the regular season before the playoffs to make up any games that need to be made up, and if not you just move up the playoffs. Stanley Cup awarded by mid-July at the latest.
So I think the players and the league have both seen this, and I think they both, I mean there could be some tweaks here and there, but I’m told that’s what they are looking at and they both kind of agree that’s where they’re gonna go.”
What the potential re-aligned divisions could look like for the 2020-21 NHL season
Greg Wyshynski of ESPN: What the divisions could look like from what has heard from a few sources.
Canada: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets
East: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals
Central: Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning
West: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights