Tuesday, May 26, 2020

NHL Ends Regular Season, Announces Plans For 24-Team Stanley Cup Playoffs

 NHL Ends Regular Season, Announces Plans For 24-Team Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Ends Regular Season, Announces Plans For 24-Team Stanley Cup Playoffs

(WCCO) - As of March 12, the Minnesota Wild had skated to a 35-27-7 record, compiling 77 points in the process. That put them in sixth place in the Central Division. And that’s where their 2019-2020 regular season record will stand.

The NHL postponed the remainder of the season in mid-March, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The league announced Tuesday that the regular season will not resume.

But that doesn’t mean hockey is over. The NHL also announced the specifics of its Return to Play Plan, a 24-team playoff tournament to determine the Stanley Cup winner. According to Commissioner Gary Bettman, "the reason we are doing this is because our fans have told us in overwhelming numbers that they want to complete the season if at all possible. And our players and our teams are clear that they want to play and bring the season to its rightful conclusion. "

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