The NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to a 56-game common season schedule with video games set to begin on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. The Nationwide Hockey League continues to emphasize that their precedence is the well being and security of the gamers and communities, which makes this announcement topic to vary whether it is deemed unsafe to proceed play.
Additionally included within the settlement was a realignment of the present divisions into 4 new divisions: North, West, Central & East.
There’s a new all-Canadian North Division, that includes all seven Canadian groups: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
The revised Central Division not contains Arizona, Colorado, St. Louis, Minnesota or Winnipeg. As a substitute, Carolina, Columbus, Detroit, Florida and Tampa Bay will be a part of Chicago, Dallas and Nashville.
The outdated Pacific Division is now the West Division. With the subtraction of Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, the West has added Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and St. Louis. They be a part of Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Vegas to fill out the remaining spots within the West Division.
The East Division is much like the outdated Metropolitan Division, with simply two groups swapping spots. Attributable to Carolina and Columbus being despatched to the Central Division, Boston and Buffalo discovered themselves included within the East Division together with New Jersey, New York (Rangers), New York (Islanders), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.
(Picture by way of NHL Public Relations Twitter)
Lots of chances are you’ll be asking your self “However how will the Stanley Cup Playoffs work?” and fortunately the NHL Public Relations team has already offered us with a solution:
“The Stanley Cup Playoffs would function 16 groups within the conventional best-of-seven, four-round format and conclude round mid-July with the plan of returning to a “regular” hockey calendar for the 2021-22 season (common season starting in October).
The highest 4 groups in every division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with intradivisional play within the first two rounds (#1 vs. #4; #2 vs. #3). The 4 groups that advance to the Semifinal Spherical can be seeded by their common season factors complete, with the No. 1 seed enjoying the No. 4 seed in a single sequence and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds assembly within the different.”
The 2020-21 NHL regular-season schedules for every group have but to be introduced, however they’re set to be launched within the coming days. Nevertheless, we do know that there can be no video games performed in opposition to out-of-division groups till the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Every group will play each different group of their division eight occasions all through the shortened season (9 or 10 occasions for the North Division).
The query of the place these video games can be performed can also be up within the air. The present plan is to play video games within the dwelling arenas of the taking part groups (with or with out followers relying on native market situations), however the League can also be making ready for a state of affairs to develop through which they have to transfer a number of video games to a “impartial web site” ought to it grow to be obligatory.
It might be shortened, and it would look a bit completely different this yr, however an NHL season is a present most hockey followers are blissful to have obtained for the vacations.