Tuesday 11th August 2020

When do the NHL playoffs begin? Key dates, schedule & more to know for hockey's 2020 return

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After months of chaos, confusion and commotion in the hockey world, followers have a solution to the all-important query: Sure, there might be a 2020 Stanley Cup champion. 

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman introduced in Could that the league was shifting forward with a 24-team playoff format wherein 12 groups from every convention would take part in a modified postseason. There have been a number of kinks to work out, together with a collective bargaining settlement extension, however lastly, on Friday, July 10, each the league and the NHLPA ratified plans for the season to transfer ahead with the NHL Return Play Plan.

This is when NHL hockey will resume and the Stanley Cup playoffs start:

When do the NHL playoffs begin in 2020?

  • Qualifiers and round-robin: Saturday, Aug. 1
  • First spherical: Aug. 11
  • Second spherical: Aug. 25 (tentative)
  • Convention finals: Sept. 8 (tentative)
  • Stanley Cup Ultimate: Sept. 22 (tentative)

The primary video games of the playoffs, that includes best-of-five sequence qualifiers, are scheduled for Aug. 1, with Flames vs. Jets, Blackhawks vs. Oilers, Panthers vs. Islanders, Rangers vs. Hurricanes and Canadiens vs. Penguins.

The round-robin part of the postseason will begin Aug. 2 with a matchup between the the Flyers and Bruins, lower than three weeks after the opening of coaching camps on July 13.

Video games might be performed in two Canadian “hub cities”: Toronto for Japanese Convention video games and Edmonton for Western Convention video games. The convention finals and Stanley Cup Ultimate might be held in Edmonton.

The Stanley Cup Ultimate is scheduled to start Sept. 22 and be accomplished no later than Oct. 4.

How will the Stanley Cup playoffs work?

Earlier than the playoffs formally begin, there might be a “qualifying round” in every convention. The highest 4 seeds in every convention will obtain a bye from this spherical, leaving the fifth by 12th seeds in every convention to face off for the remaining spots in the playoff bracket. These sequence might be best-of-five matchups, with playoff extra time guidelines in impact. The winners will transfer on to face the prime 4 seeds in the subsequent spherical. 

Whereas that is occurring, the prime 4 seeds will play a round-robin match to decide their seeding for the first spherical of the playoffs. If these video games go to extra time, then they are going to be performed below regular-season extra time guidelines. If there’s a tie in factors at the conclusion of the round-robin, then factors percentages from the common season might be used as a tiebreaker.

After the playoff bracket is about, every playoff sequence might be a best-of-seven, from the first spherical by the Stanley Cup Ultimate.

NHL playoff schedule

This part might be up to date after sport instances and TV data are introduced.

Saturday, Aug. 1

  • New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Recreation 1
  • Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Recreation 1
  • Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Recreation 1

  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Recreation 1
  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Recreation 1

Sunday, Aug. 2

  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Recreation 1

  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins

  • Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Recreation 1
  • Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators, Recreation 1

  • St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche

Monday, Aug. 3

  • New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Recreation 2
  • Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Recreation 2

  • Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Recreation 2
  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Recreation 2

  • Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Recreation 2
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers, Recreation 3
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Recreation 2

  • Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets, Recreation 3
  • Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Recreation 3
  • Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Recreation 2

Wednesday, Aug. 5

  • New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers, Recreation 3
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Recreation 3

  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins

  • Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Recreation 3
  • Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Recreation 3

  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Recreation 3
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers, Recreation 4*

  • Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

  • Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild, Recreation 3
  • Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets, Recreation 4*

  • Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues

Friday, Aug. 7

  • New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers, Recreation 4*
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Recreation 4*
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Recreation 4*

  • Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Recreation 4*
  • Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild, Recreation 4*
  • Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Recreation 4*

Saturday, Aug. 8

  • New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Recreation 5*
  • Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Recreation 5*

  • Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals

  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Recreation 5*
  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Recreation 5*

  • Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche

Sunday, Aug. 9

  • Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Recreation 5*
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Recreation 5*

  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Recreation 5*
  • Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators, Recreation 5*

  • Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues

*if mandatory

NHL standings, playoff bracket

Twenty-four groups (12 in every convention) will compete for the Stanley Cup:

Japanese Convention

Seed Staff Document Factors pct.
1 Boston Bruins 44-14-12 .714
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 43-21-6 .657
3 Washington Capitals 41-20-8 .652
4 Philadelphia Flyers 41-21-7 .645
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 40-23-6 .623
6 Carolina Hurricanes 38-25-5 .596
7 New York Islanders 35-23-10 .588
8 Toronto Maple Leafs 36-25-9 .579
9 Columbus Blue Jackets 33-33-15 .579
10 Florida Panthers 35-26-8 .565
11 New York Rangers 37-28-5 .564
12 Montreal Canadiens 31-31-9 .500

Western Convention

Seed Staff Document Factors pct.
1 St. Louis Blues 42-19-10 .662
2 Colorado Avalanche 42-20-8 .657
3 Vegas Golden Knights 39-24-8 .606
4 Dallas Stars 37-24-8 .594
5 Edmonton Oilers 37-25-9 .585
6 Nashville Predators 35-26-8 .565
7 Vancouver Canucks 36-27-6 .565
8 Calgary Flames 36-27-7 .564
9 Winnipeg Jets 37-28-6 .563
10 Minnesota Wild 35-27-7 .558
11 Arizona Coyotes 33-29-8 .529
12 Chicago Blackhawks 32-30-8 .514

Groups that won’t take part

Staff Document Factors pct.
Buffalo Sabres 30-31-8 .493
New Jersey Devils 28-29-12 .493
Anaheim Geese 29-33-9 .472
Los Angeles Kings 29-35-6 .457
San Jose Sharks 29-36-5 .450
Ottawa Senators 25-34-12 .437
Detroit Crimson Wings 17-49-5 .275

Up to date odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup

Staff Odds*
Boston Bruins +600
Tampa Bay Lightning +600
Colorado Avalanche +800
Vegas Golden Knights  +850
Philadelphia Flyers  +850
Washington Capitals +1000
St. Louis Blues +1100
Dallas Stars +1500
Pittsburgh Penguins +1800
Edmonton Oilers +2500
Toronto Maple Leafs +2700
Calgary Flames +3500
Vancouver Canucks +3500
New York Islanders +4000
New York Rangers +4000
Nashville Predators +4200
Carolina Hurricanes +4200
Arizona Coyotes +4500
Minnesota Wild +4500
Winnipeg Jets +5500
Florida Panthers +6000
Columbus Blue Jackets +6500
Chicago Blackhawks +8000
Montreal Canadiens +8000
* Fanduel.com odds as of July 4.  
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