Last week , NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league’s 24-team model for the completion of the 2019-20 season that was suspended on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. That model includes a round-robin format to determine playoff seeding and a play-in series for the remaining postseason berths.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Emily Kaplan provided additional information on how the playoffs will look once the full tournament begins.
Per Kaplan, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association agreed the qualifying round for the available playoff spots will be determined by a best-of-five format. The remainder of the postseason will feature seven-game series.
Teams will be reseeded after each playoff round leading up to the Stanley Cup Final.
The NHL plans to place two sets of clubs at different bubble sites. While Bettman confirmed the league is considering 10 cities, he hasn’t yet announced where games will occur: