FAN Take: Straight to Playoffs

Posted on May 27, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

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It’s official, the NHL has announced that they are pulling the plug on its regular season. Instead of finishing the season out, 24 of the 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament – if and when the league is given the metaphorical green light to proceed. So while this might be their plan, there isn’t exactly a set date on when it would happen. The proposal outlines that the games would be held in empty arenas in two hub cities, with Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver all being considered. So who’s making it to the playoffs? Check out the breakdown from Axios below:

Source: Axios

We can imagine all the hockey fans out there are bummed that the regular season has come to a close, but we’re hopeful that the league will get the clearance needed to proceed with the proposed playoff tournament. We’re interested to know what the fans think of the proposal itself though! Do they think a total of 24 teams was the right number? Should the playoff format have been more inclusive, or more restrictive? Do they think the league should pick their hub cities based on what’s best for the athletes, or based on the earliest playoff dates? If this were the FCFL selecting a new location, would the fans feel differently about moving games? Or would it not be an issue, given that the league is being built for digital consumption? Sound off and let us know what you think!