As you all know the NHL 2020/21 season is going to look vastly different to normal. There are four new divisional bubbles, a mishmash of teams, vastly differing schedules and no pre-season.
|Calgary Flames||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Edmonton Oilers||Vancouver Canucks|
|Montreal Canadiens||Winnipeg Jets|
|Anaheim Ducks||Minnesota Wild|
|Arizona Coyotes||San Jose Sharks|
|Colorado Avalanche||St Louis Blues|
|LA Kings||Vegas Golden Knights|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Detroit Red Wings|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Florida Panthers|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Nashville Predators|
|Dallas Stars||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Boston Bruins||New York Rangers|
|Buffalo Sabres||Philadelphia Flyers|
|New Jersey Devils||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|New York Islanders||Washington Capitals|
First off training camps will formerly begin on Sunday, Jan. 3, and there will be no preseason games.
Each team will play the entirety of its 56-game schedule within their division. In the U.S. Divisions each team will face their opponents eight times apiece. Meanwhile the seven teams in the North/Canadian division will face their bubble teams either nine or 10 times each.
The official schedules are set to be released in the coming days.
With the temporary realignment and no set Eastern/Western Conferences, the playoffs will switch to a divisional format, with the top four teams in each division qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Payoffs will once again feature four rounds of best-of-seven series. The first two rounds will showcase intradivsional play, with the top placed team facing the fourth placed, and the second-placed team facing the third within each division in the First Round, with the winners squaring off in the second.
The four teams who advance to the Semifinals will be seeded by total points from the regular season, with the familiar 1vs4 and 2vs3 match-up structure. The two remaining teams will then go on to play the Stanley Cup Final.
The official start date of the 2020/21 NHL season is January 13th
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