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NHL Return To Play: Round Robin Schedule, Scenarios

The NHL is trying to hand out the 2020 Stanley Cup despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Tuesday is a big day when, among other things, we put the 2019-20 NHL finals in the spotlight.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league’s return plan, which will include a 24-team playoff format involving two hub cities. There are still a lot of dates to be set, but there are important windows like “early June” for resuming skating in small groups and “no earlier than the first half of July” for formal training camps.

NHL 2019-20 final scoring

Eastern Conference Ranking (Top 12 for NHL 24 team format)

East Finals NHL 2019-20
Ranking based on percentage of points via NHL.com

EAST CONFERENCE (Scotiabank Arena)

Round robin [Standings, scenarios]

Sunday, August 2nd: Flyer 4, Bruins 1 (recap)
Monday, August 3
Blitz 3, Capitals 2 (SO) (recap)
Wednesday August 5th::
Blitz 3, Bruins 2 (recap)
Thursday August 6th::
Flyer 3, capitals 1 (recap)
Saturday August 8th::
Flyer Against Lightning, 8 p.m. ET – NBC
Sunday August 9th::
Bruins vs. Capitals, 12 p.m. ET – NBCSN

(5) Pittsburgh Penguins versus (12) Montreal Canadiens (MTL won the series 3-1)

Saturday 1st August: Canadiens 3, Penguins 2 (recap)
Monday, August 3: Penguins 3, Canadians 1 (recap)
Wednesday August 5th: Canadiens 4, Penguins 3 (recap)
Friday August 7th: Canadiens 2, Penguins 0 (recap)

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers (CAR won the series 3-0)

Saturday 1st August: Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2 (recap)
Monday, August 3: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1 (recap)
Tuesday 4th August: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1 (recap)

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers (NYI won series 3-1)

Saturday 1st August: Islanders 2, Panthers 1 (recap)
Tuesday 4th August: Islanders 4, Panthers 2 (recap)
Wednesday August 5th: Panthers 3, Islanders 2 (recap)
Friday August 7th: Islanders 5, Panthers 1 (recap)

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs versus (9) Columbus Blue Jackets (Series 2-2 bound)

Sunday 2nd August: Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 0 (recap)
Tuesday 4th August: Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 0 (recap)
Thursday August 6th: Blue Jackets 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) (recap)
Friday August 7th: Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT) (recap)
Sunday August 9th: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN

[MORE: NHL announces full schedule for 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers]

Western Conference Ranking (Top 12 for the NHL 24 team format)

West Finals NHL Ranking 2019-20
Ranking based on percentage of points via NHL.com



Round-Robin [Standings, scenarios]

Sunday 2nd August: Avalanche 2, Blues 1 (recap)
Monday, August 3: Golden Knights 4, Stars 3 (recap)
Wednesday August 5th: Avalanche 4, stars 0
Thursday August 6th: Golden Knights 6, Blues 4 (recap)
Saturday August 8th: Golden Knights vs. Avalanche, 3 p.m. ET – NBC
Sunday August 9th: Stars vs. Blues, 3 p.m. ET – NBC

(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks (CHI won the series 3-1)

Saturday 1st August: Blackhawks 6, Oilers 4 (recap)
Monday, August 3: Oilers 6, Blackhawks 3 (recap)
Wednesday August 5th: Blackhawks 4, Oilers 3 (recap)
Friday August 7th: Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2 (recap)

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes (ARZ won series 3-1)

Sunday 2nd August: Coyotes 4, predators 3 (recap)
Tuesday 4th August: Predators 4, Coyotes 2 (recap)
Wednesday, August 5th: Coyotes 4, predators 1 (recap)
Friday August 7th: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT) (recap)

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild (VAN won series 3-1)

Sunday 2nd August: Wild 3, Canucks 0 (recap)
Tuesday 4th August: Canucks 4, Wild 3 (recap)
Thursday August 6th: Canucks 3, Wild 0 (recap)
Friday August 7th: Canucks 5, Wild 4 (OT) (recap)

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets (CGY won series 3-1)

Saturday 1st August: Flames 4, Jets 1 (recap)
Monday, August 3: Jets 3, Flames 2 (recap)
Tuesday 4th August: Flames 6, Jets 2 (recap)
Thursday August 6th: Flames 4, Jets 0 (recap)

* – If necessary

2020 NHL Draft Lottery Results

The draft lottery was won by a team involved in the Return to Play plan. This means that there will be a phase 2 drawing with the eight lost teams from the qualifying round. These teams each have a 12.5% ​​chance of the top selection in the drawing, which takes place between the qualifying round and the first round.

1. Placeholder team
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (via San Jose)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabers
9. Placeholder team
10. Placeholder team
11. Placeholder team
12. Placeholder team
13. Placeholder team
14. Placeholder team
15. Placeholder team

The current teams in the lottery for the No. 1 selection are: Penguins, Rangers, Panthers, Oilers, Predators, Wild, Jets

If the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NHL to pull the plug while gambling, the lottery would only include the lowest eight teams, inversely to their regular percentage of season points. That would mean Arizona, Chicago Columbus, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, New York Rangers and Winnipeg would be in the running for number one.

• Ted Lindsay Award: Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin
• Calder Trophy: Quinn Hughes, Cale Makar and Dominik Kubalik
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Jack Adams Award: Bruce Cassidy, John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault
• Masterton Trophy: Stephen Johns, Oskar Lindblom, Bobby Ryan

• Lady Byng Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews, Ryan O’Reilly
• Vezina trophy: Connor Hellebuyck, Tuukka Rask, Andrei Vasilevskiy
• Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Sean Couturier, Ryan O’Reilly
• •
Norris Trophy: John Carlson, Victor Hedman and Roman Josi
• Hart Trophy: Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin

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