Last Updated on August 3, 2020
NHL Playoffs Bracket (24 Teams) 2020
Here is a look at the NHL playoffs bracket to finish the 2020 season in a tournament format in what is rumored to be two locations. Las Vegas and an un-named city in Canada seem to be where each side of the bracket will play. With the NHLPA approving the format, we expect to hear more info this week.
Live NHL Odds 2020 Restart
NHL Season Restart Details Announced
Tuesday afternoon, the NHL released their plan for a return to play which includes a whopping 24-teams in hopes to win the Stanley Cup. Details are above, as Gary Bettman let the NHL world know in late May. This will be a terrific format with lots of playoff hockey to be consumed. This means one thing, NHL betting.
NHL season restart details: pic.twitter.com/uoPXYKPtrJ
— Jason Ziernicki 🎲🏈➡️💰 (@jziernick) May 26, 2020
With sports starting to slowly formulate plans to return this summer, the NHL is considering a new twist on the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
According to SportsNet, the NHL and NHL Players Association are discussing a postseason scenario that involves a 24-team playoff based on conference that would include a play-in round.
UPDATE* – The National Hockey League’s Players’ Association has now authorized discussions with the NHL on a format featuring a 24-team playoff.
The NHLPA Executive Board has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format, subject to reaching an overall agreement with the League on resuming the 2019-20 season: https://t.co/SIzQYyooEE pic.twitter.com/9TftmApiGJ
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) May 23, 2020
As per @FriedgeHNIC and @reporterchris, the NHL and NHLPA are working on various Stanley Cup Playoff scenarios. Here's what a 24-team, conference-based setup with a play-in round could potentially look like.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 21, 2020
The NHLPA is scheduled to vote this week on the proposal. The top four seeds would receive a bye, with the remaining seeds playing a best-of-five series to play into the start of the official postseason.
Furthermore, according to SportsNet, the top seed would not be guaranteed to face the lowest seeded team after the first round. Much like the NCAA Tournament, the number one seed would play the winner of 8 vs 9, whereas the number four seed could still take on the 12-seed since they would be facing against the higher seeded five-seed.
Ultimately, this type of postseason is more likely to get casual fans on-board because of the lack of sports currently on television, as well as the intense demand for live, competitive sporting events.