NHL discussing playoff scenario with top six teams from each division


According to a report from Mark Spector of SportsNet, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr have been working on a plan to potentially bring NHL action back in some capacity. The league would like to resume the 82-game regular season but more realistically, would resume with a postseason featuring the top six teams from each division playing best-of-three series in the same. 

According to the report:

The Top 6 teams from each Division meet in one city. They would open with best-of-three series between the No. 1 and 2 seeds (to decide a Division winner), while No. 3 meets 6 and 4 meets 5 for the right to keep playing.

There around up to 12 teams around the league that are looking to win the bid to host the four separate NHL playoff tournaments should they happen. Any player that leaves the designated area to host personnel would have to be quarantined for a two-week period before returning to play.

There is no telling when or if this plan could actually take place but the NHL insists they are listening to the advice and instructions of health officials on the matter. In a best-case scenario, hockey in October would be possible.

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