Breaking: The NHL announced Tuesday it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16, if it is able to resume play. pic.twitter.com/mjEru1N8Sf
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 26, 2020
That’s right. Scrap the shit no one wants and head DIRECTLY to the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting with a win or home round with 16 teams?
IT”S A Goddamned bonanza! The NHL announced IF they decided to ultimately conclude the 2020 season, they would go directly to eight separate series of playoff seeds 5 thru 12 in a best of 5 playoff round with the winners moving onto the 16 team,Stanley Cup Playoff format where you won’t see multiple overtimes
Top four teams in each conference will play round-robin and outcome will help determine first-round seeding. Those games will use regular-season overtime rules. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 26, 2020
For the first time in the 100 year history of the game, The Stanley Cup could be awarded in a shootout, if I understand Rutherford’s tweet. I guess the idea being you stick to the fucking schedule and there’s ZERO time to waste.
Millard and I talked about it in the Podcast today, there will be 6 NHL games a day for 10 days (they’re playing every other day) if and when they decide to play. You’ll probably get sick of it after 4 days but it will be good for hockey fans who’d give their left nut/breast for some playoff hockey.
8 cities are being officially considered to be one of 2 HUB cities, BTW.
Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver are officially the cities under consideration. It will most likely be Vegas in the west and (logically) Toronto in the east provided both cities spread/infection rate and testing is available in those cities. Toronto is the logical choice in the east based on population and infrastructure alone.
Who cares where it is let’s be honest, we all want to know what it’s going to feel like with no fans in attendance.
This Bundesliga match piped crowd noise in and it was pretty cool, actually.
I think if it’s done right like this, adding crowd noise can make it feel like you’re watching a regular game on TV (outside of the empty seats, of course.) This Bundesliga match on FS1 sounds much better than I expected it would. pic.twitter.com/yjtcD2KdSE
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 24, 2020
Not to mention this year’s Stanley cup Playoff will be totally fucking unpredictable based on this play in/seeding round.
The changes are cool so instead of getting angry things aren’t the way they were, just park a chair in front of Sportsnet or CBC from 1 pm to 3 am starting in mid/early-July (according to Millard) and enjoy.
Unless you’re Bob McCown. He’s NOT pleased about the NHL’s return and went apeshit on me in the podcast today. BTW, I loved it.
Smell ya later