Advertisement

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game...
In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins in Boston. The most aggressive timetable, a person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press, would have players returning to their home rinks as early as May 15, followed by a training camp and possible exhibition games in June. Bettman emphasized no decisions have been made and cautioned government and medical officials will ultimately make the call on when sports can return.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 5:13 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the decision is not a guarantee that games are coming back.

The NHL and its players’ union must still figure out safety protocols and other issues, including where to play.

Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face-offs in the best-of-five series.

The league has been shut down since March.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

Submit a news tip.